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Title: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 18, 2015, 11:47:10 PM
I love that we are from all over. So,

What's your main sport to cheer for?
What's your main team?
Are there any special traditions for it?

For those of you completely uninterested in sport, the gardening competition is down the hall.  :) ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 19, 2015, 02:02:47 AM
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 04:18:06 AM
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 19, 2015, 05:10:47 AM
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 19, 2015, 06:41:46 AM
Down here in Australia we have a summer sport and a winter sport. For the majority of people, the summer sport is cricket, although the A League (soccer) and the NBL (basketball) also have their seasons during summer so that they don't compete with the giants of winter sport (aussie rules and rugby). In winter the south and west of the country follow aussie rules and the north east like their rugby.
Being in Melbourne, Victoria I am an aussie rules supporter. I am a born and bred Richmond supporter. I was born the year before we won our first Premiership in nearly a quarter century. My parents both followed the club from at least their teens, and I naturally did the same. I've been a paid up member of the club for the last 20 or so years. We have something like 66,000 members this year. Our first game at the MCG on Easter Thursday against the old enemy Carlton drew over 80,000 people to the ground. The club is called the Richmond Tigers, the colours are yellow and black (it's even enshrined in the team song, which is the best in the league), predominantly black, with a yellow sash. Footy has a few traditions. Each club has a song, which is played when the teams run out onto the ground, the winning team gets to hear their song and sing along with it at the end. The team sing it in the rooms, and any player playing in their first win for the club stands in the middle of the circle and gets the gatorade 'shower'. The cheer squad prepare a giant banner for every game, and the players run through it at the start of the game. I think the song thing (a specific song written for the team) and the banners for every game are pretty unique to Aussie Rules. I like cricket, but very little can evoke the passion of an aussie rules game. If I come home from a game with any voice at all it wasn't much of a game.
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
We're members or supporters, not ticket holders. Used to have seasons tickets, but now they're memberships. The Tigers have a few levels. 1 - 5 years is Bronze, 5 - 10 is Silver, 10 - 25 is Gold and 25+ is Platinum. That all applies to consecutive years of membership.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 19, 2015, 06:55:56 AM
Paid-up member sounds so much better than "season ticket holder."  :)
Although I'm not a Green Bay Packers fan, what I love about that team is that it is owned by the town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and only citizens of the town can be shareholders. Though many folks can buy season tickets who don't live in the town. I sort of wish I was a fan of theirs. Great football history.
We're members or supporters, not ticket holders. Used to have seasons tickets, but now they're memberships. The Tigers have a few levels. 1 - 5 years is Bronze, 5 - 10 is Silver, 10 - 25 is Gold and 25+ is Platinum. That all applies to consecutive years of membership.
Sounds pretty nice. United have a "membership" system, but really it's just an excuse to get a little more cash from people.

There are three ways to get a ticket: own a season ticket, buy a normal ticket, or pay a much higher price to use someone else's season ticket for that match. If you don't have a membership, you can only use the third option. Membership costs something like £30, and only lasts one season (if you buy it in March for example, it only lasts until the end of that football season, so it expires in May of the same year). Once you have a memberhship, you can apply to get a ticket, and if you're one of the lucky ones who is drawn from the ballot you can buy a ticket at the normal price (usually £30-£40 from what I can remember). I've only been to a couple of games in years because it's so ridiculously expensive...  :(
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 19, 2015, 08:45:24 AM
We can do things the way we do, because we're a little smaller in terms of total supporter base, although the MCG can hold 100,000 people. I've been to a game with more than 95,000 and believe me that is packed. Once the crowd getting going particularly if they belt out 'Yellow and Black!' in full voice it can really raise the roof. I do kind of miss the old days when we could decide to go to the game in Saturday morning, rock up after 12:00, buy a bag of donuts on the way in, get a record, and a ticket, watch the twos and then the main game. Now you can still get general admission, but most people are either members, or they've booked ahead. The record costs $5 (it used to be 50 cents) and the donuts are far too expensive, you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to buy food inside, and no teams have reserves sides now and even if they did it isn't played as a curtain raiser in the G. As a Richmond member if our VFL team are playing at Punt Rd before the game I can go in and have a look, but the standard's pretty low.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 11:25:51 AM
We can do things the way we do, because we're a little smaller in terms of total supporter base, although the MCG can hold 100,000 people. I've been to a game with more than 95,000 and believe me that is packed. Once the crowd getting going particularly if they belt out 'Yellow and Black!' in full voice it can really raise the roof. I do kind of miss the old days when we could decide to go to the game in Saturday morning, rock up after 12:00, buy a bag of donuts on the way in, get a record, and a ticket, watch the twos and then the main game. Now you can still get general admission, but most people are either members, or they've booked ahead. The record costs $5 (it used to be 50 cents) and the donuts are far too expensive, you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to buy food inside, and no teams have reserves sides now and even if they did it isn't played as a curtain raiser in the G. As a Richmond member if our VFL team are playing at Punt Rd before the game I can go in and have a look, but the standard's pretty low.
Er, I think there must be 83 instances of impenetrable jargon in those few sentences. Records? Is that a program in my lingo? Reserve sides = home and away sides? Twos? Curtain raiser? No clue. Standards pretty low?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 11:28:23 AM
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on April 19, 2015, 11:31:47 AM
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?

"the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant": that's Manchester United ;D The good people from Manchester are all for Manchester City, apparently, hehe
Chelsea are good, so also looked down upon.

I don't get much about football, but apparently "good, successful"="only people who don't like football like this team" ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 19, 2015, 11:54:55 AM
I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?
Well, focusing on the top few clubs...

Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Arsenal = the "always the bridesmaid" club. They won a few titles a decade or so ago, but since then they've regressed a bit. Run the way a club should be run, playing football the way it should be played, but never winning anything. Always lose their best players to other clubs. Despite their rivalry with United, I've always appreciated their approach.

Manchester United = definitely powerful and arrogant, although our legendary manager retired a couple of years ago so we had an abysmal season last year under his hapless replacement. Starting to look good again now that we've got a different manager in. Commercial and competitive juggernaut for the last 20 years, we're also famous due to the tragedy in our past when a plane crashed killing an immensely promising team.

Manchester City
= the new oil club, bought by Abu Dhabi. They used to be a bit of a joke club, but nowadays they're just a bit bland. Won a couple of league titles since being bought, but nobody seems to care really. They vehemently hate United, but are dismissed as irrelevant by United fans despite their recent success (which naturally infuriates them even more). They used to (and might still?) serve sky blue ketchup in their stadium because they couldn't abide anything with United's colours.

Liverpool
= deranged fans convinced they're the best club in the world because they were successful 30 years ago. Second most successful club in England's history, and still think they're up there despite only coming close a couple of times since they last won it. United's main rivals, our success for the last 20 years has made them completely rabid.

That's pretty much it at the top, though there are a few other clubs just below there - Tottenham, Southampton, etc.  :P


I'm from Manchester, so naturally support Manchester United. Don't really follow any sports other than football.  :)
Here's what I want to know: which English teams are considered the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant? Which are the scrappy underdogs? I used to live in Chelsea, Alabama. It got my son and me somehow with a tiny scrap of rooting interest in Chelsea football. (My daughter's default Internet I'd is often "chealseainexile", because she so did not want to move back east). So where is Chelsea in the mythology of the game?

"the bullies, the always powerful and arrogant": that's Manchester United ;D The good people from Manchester are all for Manchester City, apparently, hehe
Chelsea are good, so also looked down upon.

I don't get much about football, but apparently "good, successful"="only people who don't like football like this team" ;)
Nah, most people from Manchester support United, the ones who support City are generally the angry antisocial people who just like to hate everyone (and I mean in a sweary fighty way rather than introverted).  ;)

Yeah, you're right there. It's pretty rare for a successful team to be popular amongst neutrals and/or rival fans. For that to happen, you basically have to play the most entertaining football imaginable, like Barcelona did for a few years recently. In Chelsea's case it doesn't help that they play the least entertaining football imaginable, but even if they just played normally they wouldn't be liked by most people. It really is a weird culture to be honest...  ???
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 19, 2015, 11:59:23 AM
I support West Bromwich Albion....

Do you have relegation in American sport?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 19, 2015, 12:06:52 PM
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 19, 2015, 12:14:29 PM
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
Ugh I hate mascots, so cheesy! But yeah, kits I guess would be good...  :D

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02984/home-kits1_2984008k.jpg)

In order:

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Sunderland;
Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Manchester City;
Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City.

 8)   
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 12:14:57 PM
I support West Bromwich Albion....

I thought maybe this was a Quidditch joke, until I looked at the Barclay's standings.
Yes, I need to the kit and caboodle for West Bromwich Albion.  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 12:22:01 PM
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
Ugh I hate mascots, so cheesy! But yeah, kits I guess would be good...  :D

In order:

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Sunderland;
Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Manchester City;
Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City.

 8)
This is looking like Nascar where there isn't a spare piece of uniform or race car not plastered in ads.
(http://i.imgur.com/78c4EcI.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 19, 2015, 12:25:57 PM
I think we should have Photos of the Kits the Players wear and Photos of the Mascots  :)
Ugh I hate mascots, so cheesy! But yeah, kits I guess would be good...  :D

In order:

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Sunderland;
Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Manchester City;
Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City.

 8)
This is looking like Nascar where there isn't a spare piece of uniform or race car not plastered in ads.
(http://i.imgur.com/78c4EcI.jpg)
Haha yeah it does at a glance, though for some reason English football teams only put one sponsor on their kits. Some foreign teams, on the other hand...

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2009/8/3/1249306958299/Puebla-FCs-Duilio-Davino-001.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 12:39:10 PM
So for once, the money-grubbing U.S. keeps it pure.  ;)
Well, except for Nascar and the names of stadiums.  ;D

Here are the baseball Baltimore Orioles:
the mascot is just "the Oriole bird"

(http://i.imgur.com/bjZ6Qxg.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/Oo8UmMH.jpg)

And the Baltimore football Ravens:
the mascot is "Poe", because Edgar Allen lived here for a scrap of his life and we've claimed his scrawny self.

(http://i.imgur.com/XEABcsv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0G7pRBC.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 19, 2015, 12:49:20 PM
Do you have relegation in American sport?

Nope. Here's how it goes:

American football: No professional "minor league" teams. Players almost universally come through colleges and are drafted. Pro teams that suck just keep sucking. But it would be grand to see the college champion move up to the pros... except that the worst pro team will always kill the best college; it's just that hard.

Baseball: Huge minor league system. All minor league teams are affiliated with a pro team, which uses them as a training academy and pro player rehabilitation setting. There are four or five levels of team from "rookie league" to "Triple-A", with promising players moving up through the scale until they finally reach the bigs. Woe to the pro team that loses to its AAA affiliate in an exhibition - deep embarrassment.

Basketball: There is a league for small cities, but the pro league just pretends it doesn't exist. Like football, the players mostly come through college. In football and basketball, college sports are an American religion.

Hockey: Works a bit similarly to baseball.

Soccer: No one knows. No one pays attention. (Well, indoor soccer maybe. But the Baltimore Blast are the winningest team in pro indoor soccer, and they pack 'em in at maybe 6,000 fans a game.)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on April 19, 2015, 03:10:44 PM
I don't follow any games and don't know any of the current players, but I am still hoping Hamburg SV is getting back on track and not going down to 2. league. Because Hamburg is the only German football team that never once dropped down a tier in 127 years. No matter how German football was organized, they've always been first tier.

(https://duckduckgo.com/i/cdc4536e.png)

The season has still 6 games to go, but right now they are on last place and need to go up two spots to get into relegation. Three up and they'd be safe another season. It's pretty close at the bottom of the league now and if they win the next game they are out of the death zone again.
But it's been like that for a while and it seems the legend is coming to an end.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 20, 2015, 12:13:45 AM
We can do things the way we do, because we're a little smaller in terms of total supporter base, although the MCG can hold 100,000 people. I've been to a game with more than 95,000 and believe me that is packed. Once the crowd getting going particularly if they belt out 'Yellow and Black!' in full voice it can really raise the roof. I do kind of miss the old days when we could decide to go to the game in Saturday morning, rock up after 12:00, buy a bag of donuts on the way in, get a record, and a ticket, watch the twos and then the main game. Now you can still get general admission, but most people are either members, or they've booked ahead. The record costs $5 (it used to be 50 cents) and the donuts are far too expensive, you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to buy food inside, and no teams have reserves sides now and even if they did it isn't played as a curtain raiser in the G. As a Richmond member if our VFL team are playing at Punt Rd before the game I can go in and have a look, but the standard's pretty low.
Er, I think there must be 83 instances of impenetrable jargon in those few sentences. Records? Is that a program in my lingo? Reserve sides = home and away sides? Twos? Curtain raiser? No clue. Standards pretty low?
Yep, a record is a program sort of. Most people only use them now because they list all the players and their jumper numbers for both sides, so you can keep track of who is who. I generally listen to a radio broadcast of the game while I'm watching, so I can keep up with the action when it's on the other side of the ground from where I sit. I can look at the scoreboard, which shows vision of the game, but you miss things that way. Back in the dim dark days when the AFL was still called the VFL, every team (we only had 12 back then, now we've got 18), had 3 sides. You had a senior side (the older guys, the better guys, who got picked week in, week out), a reserves or twos side (also known as the Magoos in rhyming slang), which comprised the guys who weren't so good or were returning from injury and then the thirds or under 19's, made up of as the name suggests players under 19 years of age. Then when the VFL became the AFL and admitted a whole bunch of other sides from outside Victoria and moved South Melbourne to Sydney, it abolished the reserves and turned the under 19's competition into the under 18's and established a league of their own to look after the juniors. The clubs allied themselves with sides in the lower competition, which changed it's name from the VFA to the VFL. The season is comprised of 23 rounds of home and away games (each team plays roughly 11 games where they are the 'home' team and 11 where they are the 'away' team), where the teams all play each other. The best 8 teams play off in the finals, which go over a few weeks, and culminate in the Grand Final, where the 2 teams that won the previous week's preliminary finals play each other for the Premiership. Never heard of a curtain raiser before? It's a prelude to the main event. Hence when they played a reserves game before the main game, it was referred as a curtain raiser. The standard in the VFL is lower than that in the AFL, it's a lesser competition, so it only stands to reason. In baseball terms it would be like watching AAA match as opposed to a Major League one, and the AAA teams tend to serve the same purpose as the VFL and the other state leagues do to the AFL, they're feeder leagues, where the sides can farm their players out to and nurture them to get them ready one way or another for the big league. The best place to go for information is AFL.com.au.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 20, 2015, 06:56:17 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 20, 2015, 07:14:41 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Have you seen how many people are on the bench in an NFL game? There's a whole second team there. I think the college system sort of negates the need for feeder teams in the way we have them in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 20, 2015, 07:25:42 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Have you seen how many people are on the bench in an NFL game? There's a whole second team there. I think the college system sort of negates the need for feeder teams in the way we have them in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Nope, I don't think I've ever been able to stomach more than a minute or two of american football in one go.  That'd partially explain it I guess, really strange though. I do find the popularity of college sports extremely weird actually, it's just so alien.  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 20, 2015, 07:32:43 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Have you seen how many people are on the bench in an NFL game? There's a whole second team there. I think the college system sort of negates the need for feeder teams in the way we have them in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Nope, I don't think I've ever been able to stomach more than a minute or two of american football in one go.  That'd partially explain it I guess, really strange though. I do find the popularity of college sports extremely weird actually, it's just so alien.  :P
NFL have players whose sole reason for being on the team is to simply kick the ball a few times a game. We've had a few ex AFL players enjoy success as kickers over there. A couple of them actually laid tackles, which is always surprising to the commentators over there, because kickers aren't generally meant to tackle. College sports is huge in the US. A friend of mine has a daughter attending university in the States on a tennis scholarship.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 20, 2015, 07:37:55 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Have you seen how many people are on the bench in an NFL game? There's a whole second team there. I think the college system sort of negates the need for feeder teams in the way we have them in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Nope, I don't think I've ever been able to stomach more than a minute or two of american football in one go.  That'd partially explain it I guess, really strange though. I do find the popularity of college sports extremely weird actually, it's just so alien.  :P
NFL have players whose sole reason for being on the team is to simply kick the ball a few times a game. We've had a few ex AFL players enjoy success as kickers over there. A couple of them actually laid tackles, which is always surprising to the commentators over there, because kickers aren't generally meant to tackle. College sports is huge in the US. A friend of mine has a daughter attending university in the States on a tennis scholarship.
Yeah I remember that being referenced once by commentators in a football match - a manager subbed on a player in the last minute just so he could take a penalty, which is naturally incredibly unusual.

Don't even mention American commentary! Makes me shudder. Sometimes I have to watch American coverage of football matches and it's sooooo bad. English commentary isn't great, but it's streets ahead of the US version.  ;D

Yeah that's really odd too, the whole concept of going to college to "study" as an athlete. Studying sports science makes sense, but literally going to college to play sports is just crazy to me.  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on April 20, 2015, 10:26:39 AM
Interesting, so American sports don't have reserves? Do you have youth teams? The big football clubs in England (and it's the same throughout most of the world) have many teams - first team,  reserves, then a whole host of youth teams that compete within each age group. Considering that there are 92 clubs in the top four divisions in England, and there are hundreds more below that level, that's just a little more widespread than it sounds like it is in the US...  :P
Have you seen how many people are on the bench in an NFL game? There's a whole second team there. I think the college system sort of negates the need for feeder teams in the way we have them in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Nope, I don't think I've ever been able to stomach more than a minute or two of american football in one go.  That'd partially explain it I guess, really strange though. I do find the popularity of college sports extremely weird actually, it's just so alien.  :P
NFL have players whose sole reason for being on the team is to simply kick the ball a few times a game. We've had a few ex AFL players enjoy success as kickers over there. A couple of them actually laid tackles, which is always surprising to the commentators over there, because kickers aren't generally meant to tackle. College sports is huge in the US. A friend of mine has a daughter attending university in the States on a tennis scholarship.
Yeah I remember that being referenced once by commentators in a football match - a manager subbed on a player in the last minute just so he could take a penalty, which is naturally incredibly unusual.

Don't even mention American commentary! Makes me shudder. Sometimes I have to watch American coverage of football matches and it's sooooo bad. English commentary isn't great, but it's streets ahead of the US version.  ;D

Yeah that's really odd too, the whole concept of going to college to "study" as an athlete. Studying sports science makes sense, but literally going to college to play sports is just crazy to me.  :P
I think one of the best rationalisations of college sports that I ever heard came from the movie All The Right Moves. The main character Stef Djordjevic knows that he probably can't make it as an NFL player, but he can do the job in college, so he's basically looking to trade football for an education. My friend's daughter is in a similar situation, she doesn't think she'll make it as touring professional, but she'll get a good solid education, which is all paid for and she doesn't have a HECs debt, which most of her friends here who attend university will have when they finish, plus she'll have had a very different life experience. Lejays17 has at least one friend who attended college in the US on a softball scholarship. You're going there for an education, but you can use your sporting prowess to fund it.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on April 20, 2015, 10:38:03 AM
Nope, I don't think I've ever been able to stomach more than a minute or two of american football in one go.  That'd partially explain it I guess, really strange though. I do find the popularity of college sports extremely weird actually, it's just so alien.  :P
In Germany, almost all professional football clubs are actual just local sport clubs where people play sports for fun. HSV is actually Hamburg Sports Club and they also got handball, ice hokey, volleyball, table tennis, rugby, and such exotic things like cricket and baseball. They got a total of 73,000 members (though probably not all actively playing right now). Bayern München has 250,000 (and is the largest sport club in the world). There is always a steady supply of new players for the professional teams.
Bayer Leverkusen was created by the Bayer company to provide sport facilities their workers could use after their shifts to improve health and work satisfaction. VfL Wolfsburg was created by Volkswagen for the same purpose. In both cases the professional football teams have now been turned into separate companies, but still keep the old company as their main sponsor.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 02:20:01 PM
@Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661) your lads had better do us a favour today!  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 25, 2015, 02:29:18 PM
@Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661) your lads had better do us a favour today!  :P

We try our best to beat Liverpool Hopefully Berahino will score ,at this moment in time Liverpool are seventh hehe
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 02:37:29 PM
@Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661) your lads had better do us a favour today!  :P

We try our best to beat Liverpool Hopefully Berahino will score ,at this moment in time Liverpool are seventh hehe
Apparently Liverpool are playing Gerrard, Johnson and Lovren lol. Don't think there's much of a difference between the two lineups, so you should definitely have a chance!  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 25, 2015, 04:17:31 PM
@Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661) your lads had better do us a favour today!  :P

We try our best to beat Liverpool Hopefully Berahino will score ,at this moment in time Liverpool are seventh hehe
Apparently Liverpool are playing Gerrard, Johnson and Lovren lol. Don't think there's much of a difference between the two lineups, so you should definitely have a chance!  :D

54 mins gone and the brave underdogs are still at 0-0 can we hold out for another 30 mins?

And Leicester have scored against Burnley  after Burnley missed a pen, really exciting down the bottom of the table
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on April 25, 2015, 04:27:39 PM
Whee!!! Hamburg won!
After ten games with no victory and six games with no goals, they even won 3:2 and went up two ranks. The season is not lost yet, there is hope again.  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 04:39:47 PM
@Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661) your lads had better do us a favour today!  :P

We try our best to beat Liverpool Hopefully Berahino will score ,at this moment in time Liverpool are seventh hehe
Apparently Liverpool are playing Gerrard, Johnson and Lovren lol. Don't think there's much of a difference between the two lineups, so you should definitely have a chance!  :D

54 mins gone and the brave underdogs are still at 0-0 can we hold out for another 30 mins?

And Leicester have scored against Burnley  after Burnley missed a pen, really exciting down the bottom of the table
Couple of close calls now, though neither team has been particularly brilliant I think. 10 minutes to go now, tense stuff!

Yup, Sunderland in the bottom three right now! Everything's so close down there.


Whee!!! Hamburg won!
After ten games with no victory and six games with no goals, they even won 3:2 and went up two ranks. The season is not lost yet, there is hope again.  ;D
Nice! Would be an amazing escape if they managed it. Hopefully they will!  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 25, 2015, 04:45:31 PM
If I'm looking at this right, Liverpool has 85 shots on goal and Bromwich has 5?  ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on April 25, 2015, 04:46:49 PM
I looked up the games that are still open to be played. Turns out the other four teams that are currently in the bottom five will be playing each other on the last day at the same time. That will probably be endless anguish for everyone involved.  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 04:55:59 PM
If I'm looking at this right, Liverpool has 85 shots on goal and Bromwich has 5?  ;)
That sounds incredibly unlikely... that'd be a shot per minute.  :o

I looked up the games that are still open to be played. Turns out the other four teams that are currently in the bottom five will be playing each other on the last day at the same time. That will probably be endless anguish for everyone involved.  :D
Think that happened in the PL a few years ago, makes the last day absolutely epic.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 25, 2015, 05:01:19 PM
If I'm looking at this right, Liverpool has 85 shots on goal and Bromwich has 5?  ;)
That sounds incredibly unlikely... that'd be a shot per minute.  :o
Jus kidding, of course. But the shot differential looked pretty striking.
Is it over? Tie?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 05:06:17 PM
If I'm looking at this right, Liverpool has 85 shots on goal and Bromwich has 5?  ;)
That sounds incredibly unlikely... that'd be a shot per minute.  :o
Jus kidding, of course. But the shot differential looked pretty striking.
Is it over? Tie?
Yep, 0-0 draw in the end. Very good result for United, as was the 2-2 draw between Tottenham and Southampton earlier. If we can beat Everton tomorrow we can be pretty comfortable that we'll finish in the top 4 :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 25, 2015, 05:40:46 PM
Stats from the BBC, West Bromwich on the left and Liverpool's on the right

Possession
26%  74%

Shots
10 22

On target
4 5

Corners
2 4

Fouls
12 11


Great result for the Albion but really Liverpool should have won with that amount of Possession and shots another Tactical master class from the Liverpool boss Rogers hey Raptori  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 25, 2015, 05:47:53 PM
Stats from the BBC, West Bromwich on the left and Liverpool's on the right

Possession
26%  74%

Shots
10 22

On target
4 5

Corners
2 4

Fouls
12 11


Great result for the Albion but really Liverpool should have won with that amount of Possession and shots another Tactical master class from the Liverpool boss Rogers hey Raptori  :D
Wow, didn't realise it was quite that one-sided, I was only half paying attention to it and it didn't look quite that bad. Definitely a good result then!

Lol I can't wait for all the self-congratulatory quotes from him. Endless entertainment, he is!  :P

Edit: he's at it already!  ;D

Quote
This draw felt like a win because of our movement and possession.
I mean, I'm sure he's trying to say "we deserved the win", or "I'm happy with the performace", but... Really hope he isn't sacked this season. He's clueless.  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 26, 2015, 10:09:54 PM
Oof, @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840). ManU got clobbered! Is Everton any good?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on April 26, 2015, 10:46:55 PM
Oof, @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840). ManU got clobbered! Is Everton any good?
Nope!  :P They're a decent team really, but they're a tier below the top, and if we want to achieve our goals we should be beating them. They usually do well against us though, and they're a tough team to play.

From our perspective we were pretty crap, very disappointing performance.  We still ended up with 65% of the possession and double the number of shots they had, but our shot accuracy was awful and our attacking play was really slow. According to the manager the players were really complacent and just didn't have the right intensity or aggression, which seems like a pretty fair assessment.  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 02, 2015, 04:40:16 PM
United vs West Brom today... (http://www.redcafe.net/img/smilies/nervous.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 02, 2015, 04:44:18 PM
United vs West Brom today... (http://www.redcafe.net/img/smilies/nervous.gif)

I'm not expecting anything today just hope the team puts in a good performance , I go for 2-0 for Man U

Btw what's happening at Newcastle? could there go down very strange
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 02, 2015, 04:53:56 PM
I'm not expecting anything today just hope the team puts in a good performance , I go for 2-0 for Man U
I predicted 1-0, so not too different. Still worried that we'll not turn up, though since it's at Old Trafford that's usually less of an issue. Apparently we're starting with McNair in defense though...  :-\


Btw what's happening at Newcastle? could there go down very strange
No idea, crazy stuff. Just saw that their caretaker manager said in an interview that one of their players deliberately got himself sent off in that match.  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 02, 2015, 05:01:24 PM
I'm not expecting anything today just hope the team puts in a good performance , I go for 2-0 for Man U
I predicted 1-0, so not too different. Still worried that we'll not turn up, though since it's at Old Trafford that's usually less of an issue. Apparently we're starting with McNair in defense though...  :-\


Btw what's happening at Newcastle? could there go down very strange
No idea, crazy stuff. Just saw that their caretaker manager said in an interview that one of their players deliberately got himself sent off in that match.  :o

Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) any of your sports player get sent off on Purpose lol
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on May 02, 2015, 05:08:12 PM
I saw a video of rugby a while ago. That looks like a really interesting sport to watch. Even though the stadiums look weird.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 02, 2015, 05:20:19 PM
I'm not expecting anything today just hope the team puts in a good performance , I go for 2-0 for Man U
I predicted 1-0, so not too different. Still worried that we'll not turn up, though since it's at Old Trafford that's usually less of an issue. Apparently we're starting with McNair in defense though...  :-\


Btw what's happening at Newcastle? could there go down very strange
No idea, crazy stuff. Just saw that their caretaker manager said in an interview that one of their players deliberately got himself sent off in that match.  :o

Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) any of your sports player get sent off on Purpose lol
There was suspicion of that last season in American Football in one player. Don't recall which.

The interesting thing is when baseball managers get mad at the umpire and purposefully get thrown out of the game, to fire up the team, fire up the crowd, or just to flip the man in blue the bird. We had a classic manager who would turn his baseball cap around so he could get further in the ump's face withit the bill of the cap in the way. Then he'd kick dirt into the ump's shoes. He was wonderful.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 02, 2015, 07:25:38 PM
I... guessed the score right? (http://www.redcafe.net/img/smilies/nervous.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 02, 2015, 07:29:38 PM
Eeeek! They lost!!!!
I bet it was the rain... and I'm glad I left/drove down the motorway before the end, hehe

Raptori, you just switched the order ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 02, 2015, 07:36:40 PM
Eeeek! They lost!!!!
I bet it was the rain... and I'm glad I left/drove down the motorway before the end, hehe

Raptori, you just switched the order ;D
Nah West Brom deserved the win... kinda. We had all the possession but couldn't make good enough chances, and when we did their keeper made a couple of really good saves.  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 02, 2015, 07:37:34 PM
Wow that was surprising looks like Albion are safe for another year.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 02, 2015, 07:40:08 PM
Wow that was surprising looks like Albion are safe for another year.
Yeah, can't see the teams below you all getting that many points - plus I'm pretty sure several play each other. :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 02, 2015, 07:47:40 PM
I think any team below Albion could get relegated it's all very close I thought Newcastle and Villa were safe but now I'm not sure.   
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 03, 2015, 12:50:14 AM
I'm not expecting anything today just hope the team puts in a good performance , I go for 2-0 for Man U
I predicted 1-0, so not too different. Still worried that we'll not turn up, though since it's at Old Trafford that's usually less of an issue. Apparently we're starting with McNair in defense though...  :-\


Btw what's happening at Newcastle? could there go down very strange
No idea, crazy stuff. Just saw that their caretaker manager said in an interview that one of their players deliberately got himself sent off in that match.  :o

Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) any of your sports player get sent off on Purpose lol
There was suspicion of that last season in American Football in one player. Don't recall which.

The interesting thing is when baseball managers get mad at the umpire and purposefully get thrown out of the game, to fire up the team, fire up the crowd, or just to flip the man in blue the bird. We had a classic manager who would turn his baseball cap around so he could get further in the ump's face withit the bill of the cap in the way. Then he'd kick dirt into the ump's shoes. He was wonderful.
Aussie Rules doesn't have a send off rule. The lower level competitions do, but not the AFL. Players get reported and then suspended at a tribunal if they're found guilty of an offence. It usually comes up at least once a year with the usual suspects wanting it, but they never act on it. I'm personally glad of it, they've mucked up the game enough by adding more and more rules over time.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on May 03, 2015, 10:16:58 AM
And that's why football is the most popular sport in the world. Other than offside the rules are all so easy.  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 17, 2015, 05:47:16 PM
The beautiful game  8)

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Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 17, 2015, 06:05:47 PM
(http://cdn.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Charlton14.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 18, 2015, 12:18:08 AM
We had a surprising win yesterday. Beat the hated enemy Collingwood. Haven't done that for about 10 years. It was a good game, I sound very croaky today and that's usually an indication that I shouted myself hoarse at the game.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on May 18, 2015, 11:01:28 AM
German football is going to get very interesting this weekend. There is only a single match left and there are still five teams who all could go down to 2. league. But hypothetically, all 5 of them could also manage to remain 1. league if a couple of miracles happen.
Hamburg would have to beat Schalke. Which they wont. While this makes them lose the fame of being the only team that never went down to a lower league in it's entire history, they still hold the record of a 96 year long streak in the highest possible tier in German football. Which I don't expect to be beaten anytime soon. (Munich is only at 50 years right now and Leverkusen at 36.)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 19, 2015, 03:42:15 PM
Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Whoa whoa whoa, time out here.  Not sure if someone has mentioned this downstream (I'm just now catching up on this thread) but Terry was not convicted of anything.  The FA did discipline him as they have a much lower threshold of proof but the courts found him not guilty.  Personally I think he likely said something very stupid and that shouldn't be said but I don't think saying what he said inherently makes him a racist.

Also, earlier in the season Chelsea was playing the most "beautiful" soccer/football around (I wonder what team I support....).  As the season went on they played pragmatically but honestly for me as long as they win I don't care if its a 5-3 goal fest or 1-0 close win.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 19, 2015, 03:55:41 PM
Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Whoa whoa whoa, time out here.  Not sure if someone has mentioned this downstream (I'm just now catching up on this thread) but Terry was not convicted of anything.  The FA did discipline him as they have a much lower threshold of proof but the courts found him not guilty.  Personally I think he likely said something very stupid and that shouldn't be said but I don't think saying what he said inherently makes him a racist.

Also, earlier in the season Chelsea was playing the most "beautiful" soccer/football around (I wonder what team I support....).  As the season went on they played pragmatically but honestly for me as long as they win I don't care if its a 5-3 goal fest or 1-0 close win.
My memory of the Terry trial was that he got off because while they thought it was pretty likely that the accusations were true, they couldn't prove it "beyond all reasonable doubt". IIRC the reason that the ban from football was upheld despite that verdict was that they don't require quite as much certainty. I don't remember much about it though - was it something else?

I don't think I watched any Chelsea matches for the first third of the season, must've missed that!  :P

There was a thread on the United forum I'm on recently called "Saying that only silverware that counts is a lie", where someone was trying to make the point that there's more to football other than winning trophies. I completely agreed with that - I'd prefer to watch 60+ hours of entertaining football without seeing my team win a trophy than watch 60+ hours of boring football and see them win everything. There's a thrill to winning trophies, but it's nowhere near as enjoyable as watching great football throughout the season for me. I found it shocking and kinda sad that about 7/10 people said they care more about trophies than football.  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 19, 2015, 04:06:43 PM
To expand from the post above my rooting interests are as follows (in order of importance):

1) Chelsea - I was actually a Chelsea fan years before I saw them play a game.  Back when I was in college I didn't have a TV package that regularly showed PL matches but we played a lot of FIFA (started with 2002 but had a new edition every year).  For some reason or another I picked Chelsea; I had one friend who was always United, another was always Arsenal, and I could never really get into Liverpool, this was before Roman came in but they were just below the top 2-3 teams.  I remember Damien Duff became my favorite player early on just because at that point in my life I was really into The Simpsons and every time I scored with him I would do a horrible imitation and say 'Duffman has scored again".

2) Indiana University Basketball - IU basketball was my first sports love.  I remember as a kid we didn't get most of the games so I would listen to the on the radio and keep my own box score.  Bobby Knight got fired right at the start of my freshman year so I never got to see him coach in person (it was probably time for him to go anyways) and a lot of my favorite college memories involved IU games.  I can't wait until my daughter (and any future kids) gets old enough for me to take her to a game and start the indoctrination early.

3) Indianapolis Colts - My parents were season ticket holders when I was young but the team got to be so bad they couldn't even give the tickets away so they stopped right before things started turning around.  I grew up in Northern Indiana and so a lot of times we didn't get to watch the Colts games because the local station would prioritize the Bears games instead.  Once we got Manning everything turned around and now we've been one of the best teams in the league for the past 20 years or so (minus a couple down seasons in there).  I don't really watch football as much as I used though, and would watch it even less without fantasy, but I'll still watch the Colts game each week.

4) Atlanta Braves - IU basketball may have been my first sports team love but baseball was definitely my first sport love.  As a kid I had more natural talent in soccer than I did in baseball, when two sports became too much for my parents to handle I chose baseball without a second though (I was good at baseball and played through high school but I think I could possibly have been a lot better at soccer).  Our family got cable in 1991 and in those days TBS showed nearly every Braves game on TV.  On top of that I had a second cousin who played for the team which was obviously very cool to a 9 year old baseball fan so I watched every game that I could.  The combination of a relative plus access to watch nearly every game plus the fact the team did excellent and almost won the World Series easily swayed 9 year old me and made me a big fan.  I don't watch baseball much anymore, the only teams I can see regularly on TV are the Cubs and Reds (so no thanks) and a lot of the Braves moves the last few years have left a sour taste in my mouth but I still love the sport and will always follow it.

5) Indiana Pacers - College Basketball > Pro Basketball
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 19, 2015, 04:28:37 PM
Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Whoa whoa whoa, time out here.  Not sure if someone has mentioned this downstream (I'm just now catching up on this thread) but Terry was not convicted of anything.  The FA did discipline him as they have a much lower threshold of proof but the courts found him not guilty.  Personally I think he likely said something very stupid and that shouldn't be said but I don't think saying what he said inherently makes him a racist.

Also, earlier in the season Chelsea was playing the most "beautiful" soccer/football around (I wonder what team I support....).  As the season went on they played pragmatically but honestly for me as long as they win I don't care if its a 5-3 goal fest or 1-0 close win.
My memory of the Terry trial was that he got off because while they thought it was pretty likely that the accusations were true, they couldn't prove it "beyond all reasonable doubt". IIRC the reason that the ban from football was upheld despite that verdict was that they don't require quite as much certainty. I don't remember much about it though - was it something else?

I don't think I watched any Chelsea matches for the first third of the season, must've missed that!  :P

There was a thread on the United forum I'm on recently called "Saying that only silverware that counts is a lie", where someone was trying to make the point that there's more to football other than winning trophies. I completely agreed with that - I'd prefer to watch 60+ hours of entertaining football without seeing my team win a trophy than watch 60+ hours of boring football and see them win everything. There's a thrill to winning trophies, but it's nowhere near as enjoyable as watching great football throughout the season for me. I found it shocking and kinda sad that about 7/10 people said they care more about trophies than football.  :-\

You have the basic gist of it, the court couldn't prove one way or another (they even brought in lip readers).  I think the complaint even came in from someone watching it on TV and thought he/she knew what Terry said and made a police report.  Ironically, Rio said something racial to Ashley Cole on twitter while the whole trial was going on but that didn't get as much furor.

To me the only style that counts is winning.  Of course I would love to win every game 5-0 but I would rather win 1-0 than to lose no matter how entertaining the scoreline is.  Today is the anniversary of our Champions League win and while that was not a pretty game and I was a wreck watching it (I actually at a wedding during the match so I went radio silent and watched it on the DVR in the morning) but I wouldn't trade that trophy for anything.

This is the sort of thing we were doing in the first part of the year:

(http://giant.gfycat.com/SandyRevolvingAquaticleech.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 19, 2015, 05:06:23 PM
Chelsea = the original oil club, bought by a russian oil tycoon who plowed money into them and quickly bought some success. Before that they were just a fairly decent club who weren't quite able to compete for titles. Unfortunately famous for the racism of a subset of their fans, cheering their convicted racist captain, and all that kind of thing. Fairly decent club other than that. They do play exceptionally boring football at times though.

Whoa whoa whoa, time out here.  Not sure if someone has mentioned this downstream (I'm just now catching up on this thread) but Terry was not convicted of anything.  The FA did discipline him as they have a much lower threshold of proof but the courts found him not guilty.  Personally I think he likely said something very stupid and that shouldn't be said but I don't think saying what he said inherently makes him a racist.

Also, earlier in the season Chelsea was playing the most "beautiful" soccer/football around (I wonder what team I support....).  As the season went on they played pragmatically but honestly for me as long as they win I don't care if its a 5-3 goal fest or 1-0 close win.
My memory of the Terry trial was that he got off because while they thought it was pretty likely that the accusations were true, they couldn't prove it "beyond all reasonable doubt". IIRC the reason that the ban from football was upheld despite that verdict was that they don't require quite as much certainty. I don't remember much about it though - was it something else?

I don't think I watched any Chelsea matches for the first third of the season, must've missed that!  :P

There was a thread on the United forum I'm on recently called "Saying that only silverware that counts is a lie", where someone was trying to make the point that there's more to football other than winning trophies. I completely agreed with that - I'd prefer to watch 60+ hours of entertaining football without seeing my team win a trophy than watch 60+ hours of boring football and see them win everything. There's a thrill to winning trophies, but it's nowhere near as enjoyable as watching great football throughout the season for me. I found it shocking and kinda sad that about 7/10 people said they care more about trophies than football.  :-\

You have the basic gist of it, the court couldn't prove one way or another (they even brought in lip readers).  I think the complaint even came in from someone watching it on TV and thought he/she knew what Terry said and made a police report.  Ironically, Rio said something racial to Ashley Cole on twitter while the whole trial was going on but that didn't get as much furor.

To me the only style that counts is winning.  Of course I would love to win every game 5-0 but I would rather win 1-0 than to lose no matter how entertaining the scoreline is.  Today is the anniversary of our Champions League win and while that was not a pretty game and I was a wreck watching it (I actually at a wedding during the match so I went radio silent and watched it on the DVR in the morning) but I wouldn't trade that trophy for anything.

This is the sort of thing we were doing in the first part of the year:

(http://giant.gfycat.com/SandyRevolvingAquaticleech.gif)
Cool :)

On the Rio thing, I think there's a bit of a difference between calling someone a nigger and calling someone a choc-ice, plus Rio did come up with some other interpretation of what he meant (which was probably a load of rubbish, but seemed to partially appease people) so it's not as big an insult really. Obviously the biggest factor there for the authorities was that Rio isn't white so it's almost treated as a non-issue, since apparently only white people can be racist - personally I don't agree with that viewpoint but it seems pretty common.

Weird, I just don't understand that outlook. For me, using a completely arbitrary scale, watching a game of brilliant football would give me 10 enjoyment, watching my team win would be worth 2, watching an exciting/tense game (with or without brilliant football) would be something like 4 or 5. All three would be ideal of course, but if I had to choose, watching great football would win every time. What would you say those three numbers would be for you?

Yeah that's not bad, most teams can score that kind of goal if they're on form, an entire match with the team attacking like that would be really good.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 19, 2015, 06:00:22 PM
Watching my team win would be at a 8-10 scale depending on how the game goes (when we beat Arsenal 6-0 last year that was like a 15).  Conversely if Chelsea loses or draws I'm probably at a 1-3 range no matter how well they played.   If I'm watching a game in which I have no rooting interest for whatsoever (say Southampton vs Swansea) watching a brilliant game would be in the 8-10 range as well.  I'm probably with you in the intensity ratings, World Cup finals are never really well played as both teams are usually more afraid of making a mistake than making something happen. 

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on May 19, 2015, 06:38:53 PM
Watching my team win would be at a 8-10 scale depending on how the game goes (when we beat Arsenal 6-0 last year that was like a 15).  Conversely if Chelsea loses or draws I'm probably at a 1-3 range no matter how well they played.   If I'm watching a game in which I have no rooting interest for whatsoever (say Southampton vs Swansea) watching a brilliant game would be in the 8-10 range as well.  I'm probably with you in the intensity ratings, World Cup finals are never really well played as both teams are usually more afraid of making a mistake than making something happen.
Very interesting, definitely a different way of experiencing it! Do you watch matches as a neutral at all?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 19, 2015, 08:04:51 PM
Watching my team win would be at a 8-10 scale depending on how the game goes (when we beat Arsenal 6-0 last year that was like a 15).  Conversely if Chelsea loses or draws I'm probably at a 1-3 range no matter how well they played.   If I'm watching a game in which I have no rooting interest for whatsoever (say Southampton vs Swansea) watching a brilliant game would be in the 8-10 range as well.  I'm probably with you in the intensity ratings, World Cup finals are never really well played as both teams are usually more afraid of making a mistake than making something happen.
Very interesting, definitely a different way of experiencing it! Do you watch matches as a neutral at all?

I try to watch a couple neutral games each weekend although my daughter usually commandeers the TV (even if she's not watching anything and just playing with her toys the minute you change the channel to something else she'll want you to change it back).  While the early AM start times are a little inconvenient the nice thing about here is that I can want every single PL match live.  I'll usually start with one I think will be interesting (Southampton vs Swansea like I mentioned about would be the type I would start with) and then switch to others depending on what is going on in that game or in others. 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lejays17 on May 24, 2015, 10:05:51 AM
I nominally follow the Essendon Bombers in the AFL, but I'm not a particularly passionate fan.  Plus I'm a bit embarrassed to admit who I follow (if you want to know why, search "essendon drug scandal" to get a bit of an idea  :))

I love cricket passionately, and will happily watch hours of it, even if it's not involving Australia playing in any way.

I also love baseball, and while I technically follow Toronto Blue-Jays (their name is close to my own team I play for), I will watch any game I possibly can.  I also have hours of fun arguing the rules with Elfy  :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 24, 2015, 02:54:07 PM
@Lejays17 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=21520),
It is now my mission to convert you rooting for the Baltimore Orioles over the Toronto Bluejays.
Why should you switch?
It's Canada. They can't even mount a full professional hockey league without us.
They play in a domed stadium, with fake grass.
The Baltimore Orioles have the sweetest ballpark around. When they built Camden Yards, it set a whole new standard for everyone else to copy.
Bluejays are loud, bossy birds. Orioles are much more polite and make really cool nests.
The Baltimore club has a great history to lean on: the fabulous teams of the late sixties and early seventies and the great team of 1983.
Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gherig's "iron man" record. Who wouldn't love that?
Then, almost thirty years of futility under an owner who couldn't be bothered to win - but the fans hung on, until...
We got the finest manager in the game today with two great winning seasons so far.

And I'll take you to a game if you ever get across the Pacific again.  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/vL9Zfc4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mdEpx4I.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on May 24, 2015, 05:13:06 PM
Oh my god, is this torture never ending?

In the last game of the season, by mircale Hamburg won 2:0 against Schalke (finished 6th place) and barely climbed up from 17th to 16th. While they don't drop to 2nd league, now they have to play two more relegation playoff matches (against the 3rd from 2nd league) to stay in 1st.

Given that everyone had already assumed everything to be lost a few weeks ago and I was sure they would have been losing yesterday, that's of course great news. And seeing how great they've been playing since they got a new coach, I think chances are good the last remaining team in Germany that never dropped will still keep that record for a while longer.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 24, 2015, 05:33:34 PM
Some strange results today funniest one was Liverpool losing 6-1 to stoke, BR probley saying Liverpool had a great performance and were unlucky not to score more hehe
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 24, 2015, 05:41:27 PM
It is beginning to look like Brenden Rodgers got lucky last season. If they can persuade Jurgen Klopp to join them might be worth a change.

And Sam Allardyce sacked again. I am not a fan of Fat Sam and his caveman tactics but it is a risky move by the Hammers. If they have a top drawer manager lined up fair enough but don't really see David Moyes or Schteve McLaren as an upgrade.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 24, 2015, 10:28:13 PM
Just got home on the train from London - lots of Arsenal fans on the train, and generally at King's Cross, going home after a game, I assume.
A few trains were labelled 'dry' and no alcohol was allowed on board (the ones going to Sunderland and Edinburgh... not sure why hehe)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 25, 2015, 12:03:51 AM
@Lejays17 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=21520),
It is now my mission to convert you rooting for the Baltimore Orioles over the Toronto Bluejays.
Why should you switch?
It's Canada. They can't even mount a full professional hockey league without us.
They play in a domed stadium, with fake grass.
The Baltimore Orioles have the sweetest ballpark around. When they built Camden Yards, it set a whole new standard for everyone else to copy.
Bluejays are loud, bossy birds. Orioles are much more polite and make really cool nests.
The Baltimore club has a great history to lean on: the fabulous teams of the late sixties and early seventies and the great team of 1983.
Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gherig's "iron man" record. Who wouldn't love that?
Then, almost thirty years of futility under an owner who couldn't be bothered to win - but the fans hung on, until...
We got the finest manager in the game today with two great winning seasons so far.

And I'll take you to a game if you ever get across the Pacific again.  :D

(http://i.imgur.com/vL9Zfc4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mdEpx4I.jpg)
She won't switch. The Bluejays name and colours are too close to her softball team. She really will watch any random game and shout at the players when they make errors. I can take it or leave it, we did actually go to a game when we were in Florida years ago. It was the Marlins V the Giants. Quite a trip experience, hard to get our heads around the way they trade players mid stream. The Giants had a guy on their roster who used to be a Marlin and there were people in the crowd who still loved the guy. That's just not an AFL thing, you leave your team (and you can't do it until the end of the season) you get booed by your old team. On the AFL the Tigers won again yesterday, we knocked off Port Adelaide, they're basically the Collingwood of South Australia, so we've effectively beaten the same team in the past two weeks.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lejays17 on May 25, 2015, 08:51:25 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 26, 2015, 01:01:58 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
The thing that got me most about that game (we were sitting right behind home plate, 7 rows back) was when the foul ball came straight at us. I knew there was a net there and that I had no chance of getting hit, but I still ducked.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 26, 2015, 01:21:17 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
The thing that got me most about that game (we were sitting right behind home plate, 7 rows back) was when the foul ball came straight at us. I knew there was a net there and that I had no chance of getting hit, but I still ducked.
One of you has to help me understand cricket.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 26, 2015, 02:25:26 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
The thing that got me most about that game (we were sitting right behind home plate, 7 rows back) was when the foul ball came straight at us. I knew there was a net there and that I had no chance of getting hit, but I still ducked.
One of you has to help me understand cricket.
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), do you really want to understand cricket? I can have a go at it, but there are people who have been following closely for years and still don't get everything. I don't. What would you like to know? To begin with there are 3 forms of the game: Test (played over a maximum of 5 days), Limited Overs (each team bowls 50 overs, an over is 6 balls, and the team with the highest score at the end wins) and Twenty/Twenty (similar to Limited Overs, only each team only gets 20 overs and the highest scoring team at the end wins). In a Limited Overs or Twenty/Twenty match each team gets one innings and in a Test match, each team has 2 innings. Each batsman from the openers (the first 2) to the tail enders (the later batsman and generally bowlers) is in until they go out. Runs are scored by either running between the wickets for ones, twos or threes, and fours and sixes are brought up by either the ball hitting the rope or boundary (4) or going over the boundary on the full (6). Each out is referred to as a wicket, and each team has a maximum of 11 batters. Once 10 are out the innings is over. Confused yet?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 26, 2015, 02:31:38 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
The thing that got me most about that game (we were sitting right behind home plate, 7 rows back) was when the foul ball came straight at us. I knew there was a net there and that I had no chance of getting hit, but I still ducked.
One of you has to help me understand cricket.
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), do you really want to understand cricket? I can have a go at it, but there are people who have been following closely for years and still don't get everything. I don't. What would you like to know? To begin with there are 3 forms of the game: Test (played over a maximum of 5 days), Limited Overs (each team bowls 50 overs, an over is 6 balls, and the team with the highest score at the end wins) and Twenty/Twenty (similar to Limited Overs, only each team only gets 20 overs and the highest scoring team at the end wins). In a Limited Overs or Twenty/Twenty match each team gets one innings and in a Test match, each team has 2 innings. Each batsman from the openers (the first 2) to the tail enders (the later batsman and generally bowlers) is in until they go out. Runs are scored by either running between the wickets for ones, twos or threes, and fours and sixes are brought up by either the ball hitting the rope or boundary (4) or going over the boundary on the full (6). Each out is referred to as a wicket, and each team has a maximum of 11 batters. Once 10 are out the innings is over. Confused yet?
Absolutely confused.  ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 26, 2015, 06:19:15 AM
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094)

Like @Elfy (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1153) says, I will stick with the Bluejays for the reasons he listed.  I can follow the Orioles as a second team though, it's nice to have someone to barrack for in the games.  It was such an experience to see a major league game live when we were in Florida a couple of years ago.  We sat right behind home plate about 10 rows back, and had a very chatty Giants fan who explained the rules to Elfy  :).  He was also helpful in explaining why one of their players was getting extra boos from the crowd.
The thing that got me most about that game (we were sitting right behind home plate, 7 rows back) was when the foul ball came straight at us. I knew there was a net there and that I had no chance of getting hit, but I still ducked.
One of you has to help me understand cricket.
@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), do you really want to understand cricket? I can have a go at it, but there are people who have been following closely for years and still don't get everything. I don't. What would you like to know? To begin with there are 3 forms of the game: Test (played over a maximum of 5 days), Limited Overs (each team bowls 50 overs, an over is 6 balls, and the team with the highest score at the end wins) and Twenty/Twenty (similar to Limited Overs, only each team only gets 20 overs and the highest scoring team at the end wins). In a Limited Overs or Twenty/Twenty match each team gets one innings and in a Test match, each team has 2 innings. Each batsman from the openers (the first 2) to the tail enders (the later batsman and generally bowlers) is in until they go out. Runs are scored by either running between the wickets for ones, twos or threes, and fours and sixes are brought up by either the ball hitting the rope or boundary (4) or going over the boundary on the full (6). Each out is referred to as a wicket, and each team has a maximum of 11 batters. Once 10 are out the innings is over. Confused yet?
Absolutely confused.  ;)
And I didn't even start on the lbw rule or how you can score 5 runs by hitting the wicketkeeper's helmet.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 26, 2015, 04:54:13 PM

Then, almost thirty years of futility under an owner who couldn't be bothered to win - but the fans hung on, until...
We got the finest manager in the game today with two great winning seasons so far.

Peter Angelos is a pretty good reason not to root for a team.

Showalter is good but I think I would take Maddon and Bochy over him (and maybe Francona). 

Camden is a really nice stadium though.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 26, 2015, 04:56:57 PM

Then, almost thirty years of futility under an owner who couldn't be bothered to win - but the fans hung on, until...
We got the finest manager in the game today with two great winning seasons so far.

Peter Angelos is a pretty good reason not to root for a team.
Can't disagree with that!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on June 02, 2015, 02:37:45 PM
@Yora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35236) I see Hamburg won their play-off last night! Pretty impressive escape there. Have they ever come that close to being relegated before?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: xiagan on June 02, 2015, 05:09:34 PM
@Yora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35236) I see Hamburg won their play-off last night! Pretty impressive escape there. Have they ever come that close to being relegated before?
Nope, fortune favours fools. ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on June 02, 2015, 05:54:52 PM
@Yora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35236) I see Hamburg won their play-off last night! Pretty impressive escape there. Have they ever come that close to being relegated before?
They did? I thought it was today.

Hooray! I guess.

Last year was almost as bad, but they only needed to score a goal and a draw, which they got in the 14th minute.
This year they needed a win or two goals, which they only got in the 115th minute. I am not sure if anyone else managed to save themselves 5 minutes before the end of the season.  ???

But they did so much better in the last two months with the new trainer than they had before for a very long time, so maybe next season will be better.

E: Oh, I see it was actually much, much worse. They turned a loss into a draw only in the 90th+1 minute. This looks like world record. I am not sure anyone ever got so close to losing a season and then still saving.
Right now, they are literally at the very worst spot they've ever been in their 127 year history. BUT! they are still 1st league! The dinosaur lives on!  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 02, 2015, 06:50:24 PM
Sepp Blatter has resigned! Woo hoo! Will we get a new vote on the 2018 and 2022 world cups though?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: xiagan on June 02, 2015, 07:13:15 PM
Sepp Blatter has resigned! Woo hoo! Will we get a new vote on the 2018 and 2022 world cups though?
Never thought this would happen. :) Hopefully they get him into jail too...
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on June 02, 2015, 08:06:21 PM
Sepp Blatter has resigned! Woo hoo! Will we get a new vote on the 2018 and 2022 world cups though?

I think 2018 is too close to happening to change it and you know Russia would go down swinging.  I put it at 60-40 odds that Qatar keeps it in 2022, Blatter actually voted for the US for that one and so I don't think he was the driver for that award.  I do wonder what the Swiss are going to do with the Garcia report and their own investigations.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on August 22, 2015, 02:56:40 AM
From tonight at the baseball stadium. Look at the whole picture for the full effect; it's bigger than the frame.

(http://i.imgur.com/Dx9pUbN.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 04, 2015, 04:47:26 PM
What happened to Manchester United today? 3 goals down at half time, look on the bright side least there not in a relegation battle like WBA and Chelsea :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 04, 2015, 04:58:59 PM
What happened to Manchester United today? 3 goals down at half time, look on the bright side least there not in a relegation battle like WBA and Chelsea :P


I can't explain what is going on with Chelsea.   It seems like almost everyone has regressed from last year and the few that haven't regressed haven't been able to pick up their games enough to compensate.   Add in the my baseball team (Braves)  were awful this year and my football team (Colts)  haven't been good either it's been a pretty miserable sports fan couple months for me.   At least college basketball is starting up soon.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 04, 2015, 05:02:01 PM
What happened to Manchester United today? 3 goals down at half time, look on the bright side least there not in a relegation battle like WBA and Chelsea :P
Nothing much wrong with United, Arsenal were just brilliant early on.  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 04, 2015, 09:27:36 PM
Footy season is over, both AFL and NRL. It is now cricket season, broken up by the Spring Carnival, which aside from us getting a day off for the Melbourne Cup bores me senseless (is horse racing a sport?), so I go back to following the national team, with maybe an occasional foray into the Big Bash League.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 18, 2015, 04:36:05 PM
Newcastle V Norwich

Goal feast
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 18, 2015, 04:41:25 PM
Newcastle V Norwich

Goal feast
Crazy! (http://liberalforum.net/images/smilies/blink.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on October 18, 2015, 04:42:42 PM
Newcastle V Norwich

Goal feast
Goal feast, bad defending.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 18, 2015, 04:42:51 PM
Defending for dummies  ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 18, 2015, 04:55:35 PM
my football team (Colts) 

Ah, I too am a Colts fan. Are you ready for tonight? Because it's going to hurt I think.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 18, 2015, 05:21:30 PM
my football team (Colts) 

Ah, I too am a Colts fan. Are you ready for tonight? Because it's going to hurt I think.

i sure hope it hurts, but not for the colts.  a) i hate the pats.  b) i have luck on my fantasy team.

oh, and growing up in texas, i'm a cowboys fan, so ... yeah, intimately familiar with football hurt.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 18, 2015, 05:33:18 PM
my football team (Colts) 

Ah, I too am a Colts fan. Are you ready for tonight? Because it's going to hurt I think.

i sure hope it hurts, but not for the colts.  a) i hate the pats.  b) i have luck on my fantasy team.

oh, and growing up in texas, i'm a cowboys fan, so ... yeah, intimately familiar with football hurt.


I also have Luck on FF.

And I'm sorry for this: (https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xfa1/t51.2885-15/e35/12070928_1658386461109699_1231520373_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ClintACK on October 18, 2015, 10:56:06 PM
my football team (Colts) 

Ah, I too am a Colts fan. Are you ready for tonight? Because it's going to hurt I think.

i sure hope it hurts, but not for the colts.  a) i hate the pats.  b) i have luck on my fantasy team.

oh, and growing up in texas, i'm a cowboys fan, so ... yeah, intimately familiar with football hurt.


I also have Luck on FF.

Would love a Colts win, if only to give my Jets a chance at the AFC East, but I'm not holding my breath.

Both Marshall and Ivory on my FF team -- today was a good day.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 19, 2015, 12:31:04 AM
Yeah, Jets looked good today. I have always liked Ivory.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on October 19, 2015, 02:14:42 AM
EDIT: Sorry, must have been a little grumpy tonight.
Given the Colts are playing New England.... go Colts!  ;D

--------------

Meh, not very impressed with Colts fans (present company excluded).
When my wife and I went to Indy for a Ravens-Colts playoff game, stadium was handing out posters that said "Buck Faltimore." Pretty classless.

Oh course, it's hard for Baltimore fans to look at the Colts without seeing Mayflower moving vans.   ;)

Meanwhile, Ravens are looking pretty pathetic this season.
Only so much Flacco can do with no receivers and a porous defense.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 19, 2015, 01:01:28 PM
my football team (Colts) 

Ah, I too am a Colts fan. Are you ready for tonight? Because it's going to hurt I think.

I'm still trying to figure out what the hell that punt thing was.  I do not understand once you saw 3 people over the ball why you didn't call time out or at least take a delay of game penalty.  Take that bonehead thing away and give us the onside kick that we recovered but wasn't given to us and maybe its a different result.  Luck still didn't look healthy to me.


Meh, not very impressed with Colts fans (present company excluded).
When my wife and I went to Indy for a Ravens-Colts playoff game, stadium was handing out posters that said "Buck Faltimore." Pretty classless.

Oh course, it's hard for Baltimore fans to look at the Colts without seeing Mayflower moving vans.   ;)

Meanwhile, Ravens are looking pretty pathetic this season.
Only so much Flacco can do with no receivers and a porous defense.

I've never seen anything like that at the games I go to.  Still in any crowd of 60,000 people you're more than likely going to get several hundred dumbasses (at least).

I wonder how long the Colts Baltimore thing will last.  Anyone under 30 would have never seen a Colts team in Baltimore (at least not that they would remember) and those people would have grown up as Eagles, Redskins, Ravens fans (obviously a little later for the Ravens).
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 19, 2015, 04:04:04 PM

I'm still trying to figure out what the hell that punt thing was.  I do not understand once you saw 3 people over the ball why you didn't call time out or at least take a delay of game penalty.  Take that bonehead thing away and give us the onside kick that we recovered but wasn't given to us and maybe its a different result.  Luck still didn't look healthy to me.

That play had  zero chance of success. Zero. Just put Luck on the field and try to get a 3 yard gain. Gore was running well, he could have picked it up.  Anything would have been better.

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I've never seen anything like that at the games I go to.  Still in any crowd of 60,000 people you're more than likely going to get several hundred dumbasses (at least).

Yeah, I've been to a few games, and not just the Colts. Plenty of dumbassery to go around.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ClintACK on October 19, 2015, 04:45:57 PM

I'm still trying to figure out what the hell that punt thing was.  I do not understand once you saw 3 people over the ball why you didn't call time out or at least take a delay of game penalty.  Take that bonehead thing away and give us the onside kick that we recovered but wasn't given to us and maybe its a different result.  Luck still didn't look healthy to me.

That play had  zero chance of success. Zero. Just put Luck on the field and try to get a 3 yard gain. Gore was running well, he could have picked it up.  Anything would have been better.

God, yes.  They vastly underutilized Gore in the second half.  I get it -- you're behind.  You need to throw to manage the clock.  But thirty consecutive throwing plays is just making it way too easy for the defense.  2:05 on the clock -- give it to Gore to run.  The 2-minute warning is going to stop the clock anyway.

Making Luck throw on every down also didn't seem to be helping his shoulder.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on October 19, 2015, 06:31:48 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 19, 2015, 06:51:26 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 19, 2015, 08:31:26 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.
Good players seem to be turning up at loads of PL teams these days, makes things really interesting.

Of course, nobody is as good as Anthony Martial.  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 19, 2015, 09:25:23 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me

Andrew Luck a.k.a. The Neck Beard
(http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/blogs/andrew-luck-beard-01132014.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 19, 2015, 09:26:35 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 19, 2015, 09:33:28 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
There was a football player in the premier league called Stern John.  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 19, 2015, 09:50:02 PM
How can you lose with luck in you side unless its bad luck.

Wow at Luck neck
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 19, 2015, 09:52:10 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
There was a football player in the premier league called Stern John.  8)
My personal favourite Aussie Rules player name was Willie Dick. The commentators had a field day with him, he never played many games, but his son Brad turned out to be not too bad a generation later.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 19, 2015, 09:54:22 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
There was a football player in the premier league called Stern John.  8)
My personal favourite Aussie Rules player name was Willie Dick. The commentators had a field day with him, he never played many games, but his son Brad turned out to be not too bad a generation later.
That's unfortunate! Can't think of any other good ones, but there was a weird one where one club had a player called John Collins and another called Collins John at the same time.  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 19, 2015, 10:00:13 PM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
There was a football player in the premier league called Stern John.  8)
My personal favourite Aussie Rules player name was Willie Dick. The commentators had a field day with him, he never played many games, but his son Brad turned out to be not too bad a generation later.
That's unfortunate! Can't think of any other good ones, but there was a weird one where one club had a player called John Collins and another called Collins John at the same time.  :o
There was one called David Honybun and they often used to say that with a name like that he either had to be able to play football or fight.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 19, 2015, 10:11:54 PM
Wasn't there a batsman holding the bowlers willie in cricket
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 20, 2015, 05:46:52 AM
Wasn't there a batsman holding the bowlers willie in cricket
Peter Willey was an English cricketer who became an umpire and his son David has also played Test cricket. He was part of the famous scoreline: Lillee, caught Willey, bowled Dilley. There was also umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 20, 2015, 06:25:19 AM
Not quite sure why names like Dickie and Willie are so amusing. Maybe if I was 9 years old again.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on October 20, 2015, 10:12:41 PM
Holy shittttttttttttttttttt Arsenal tho!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CRyceu7XIAASqvF.jpg)

Was such a good game, bouncing off the walls here.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 20, 2015, 10:25:10 PM
I decided not to watch it... guess that was a mistake!  :P
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Post by: Mr.J on October 20, 2015, 10:27:22 PM
I decided not to watch it... guess that was a mistake!  :P
Was an amazing game besides. Arsenal so so good! Defended amazingly, Cech man of the match easily.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 21, 2015, 02:33:12 AM
No clue what all this sports talk is all about. :P presuming its North American stuff.

Anyway to the real stuff, how did Newcastle get Wijnaldum and no one else picked him up? Such a great player in a calamitous team.

The players name Luck confused me
We had an Aussie Rules player some years ago, and his name was Chance.
There was a football player in the premier league called Stern John.  8)
My personal favourite Aussie Rules player name was Willie Dick. The commentators had a field day with him, he never played many games, but his son Brad turned out to be not too bad a generation later.

There was a NASCAR driver named Dick Trickle.  Could never understand why he didn't go by Richard.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 21, 2015, 09:21:43 AM
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/play_by_play.png)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Idlewilder on October 21, 2015, 09:43:03 AM
American Factioneers! In just over a week's time I'm heading down to London to see my first ever live NFL game: the Kansas City Chiefs v the Detroit Lions

I've been enthusiastically getting into following it this season and...I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying it!  :D I'd always thought it looked like such a needlessly complicated game, but it's actually a load of fun to watch when you get your head round it! (Mostly the jargon) 

I'll be cheering on the Chiefs in London, but in the long-term I feel like I need to pick a team to back more permanently. (One that my mates don't already support - I'm facetious like that  ;) )
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 21, 2015, 12:22:11 PM
American Factioneers! In just over a week's time I'm heading down to London to see my first ever live NFL game: the Kansas City Chiefs v the Detroit Lions

I've been enthusiastically getting into following it this season and...I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying it!  :D I'd always thought it looked like such a needlessly complicated game, but it's actually a load of fun to watch when you get your head round it! (Mostly the jargon) 

I'll be cheering on the Chiefs in London, but in the long-term I feel like I need to pick a team to back more permanently. (One that my mates don't already support - I'm facetious like that  ;) )

That's awesome! Hope you enjoy it. I love going to games, they are much more exciting in person.

Please, whoever you decide to root for long term, I beg you, do not choose the cheating, spawn of Satan Patriots.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 21, 2015, 04:37:16 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 21, 2015, 05:59:44 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Green bay is a good team to root for. Though you'd have to wear one of these:
(http://reginamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/alg-packers-cheesehead-jpg.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on October 21, 2015, 06:02:08 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 21, 2015, 06:08:30 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 21, 2015, 06:15:03 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 21, 2015, 06:24:44 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer

Maybe we could have a Cowboys thread? Post pictures. Line ups etc?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 21, 2015, 06:48:09 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer

Maybe we could have a Cowboys thread? Post pictures. Line ups etc?

oooh!  we could write fanfic about tony romo, jason witten and dez bryant!  that'd be amazing!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 21, 2015, 06:53:48 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer

Maybe we could have a Cowboys thread? Post pictures. Line ups etc?

oooh!  we could write fanfic about tony romo, jason witten and dez bryant!  that'd be amazing!

You could write about how Tony Romo,Jason Witten and Dez Bryant travelled back in time and met Tolkien and how there gave him the inspiration to write Lord of the Rings
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 21, 2015, 06:55:22 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer

Maybe we could have a Cowboys thread? Post pictures. Line ups etc?

oooh!  we could write fanfic about tony romo, jason witten and dez bryant!  that'd be amazing!

You could write about how Tony Romo,Jason Witten and Dez Bryant travelled back in time and met Tolkien and how there gave him the inspiration to write Lord of the Rings

*heart flutters*
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 21, 2015, 06:57:11 PM
<whisper>
pssst.  do you guys think @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) will write this story with us?
</whisper>
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Post by: Nighteyes on October 21, 2015, 07:27:29 PM
<whisper>
pssst.  do you guys think @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) will write this story with us?
</whisper>

He will be all over it I reckon. I'll let you ask him.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 21, 2015, 08:46:46 PM
Aren't the Green Boy Packers decent?

For me I would say San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys always had a charm about their names.

Anyone other than the Cowboys. Please.
Please.

 Cowboys it is!

/cheer

Maybe we could have a Cowboys thread? Post pictures. Line ups etc?

oooh!  we could write fanfic about tony romo, jason witten and dez bryant!  that'd be amazing!

You could write about how Tony Romo,Jason Witten and Dez Bryant travelled back in time and met Tolkien and how there gave him the inspiration to write Lord of the Rings

Don't encourage them!

(http://www.kappit.com/img/pics/201410_2347_bigag_sm.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on October 21, 2015, 09:09:56 PM
Once upon a time, an annoying NFL franchise decided to call itself "America's Team" and in an equally annoying development, people repeated the title so much they started to believe it.

But when their great knight Romo showed that he was injury prone and unable to lift the team to the really important victories, the team's annoying owner became desperate.

He secretly invented a time machine, and tried to send his key player back in time to meet quarterbacks of the past so he might learn their secrets.

The time machine worked, but it was inaccurate. Romo found himself catapulted to a time before time, the 3rd Age of Middle Earth. There, he became involved in many adventures. None of which were ultimately successful because he spent so much time on the bench or throwing interceptions to the orc teams.

Eventually, the people of that Age grew tired of Romo and decided his name should be eliminated from their histories.

And in the far future, the annoying owner hired a new golden boy, but he was scalped by the unnamed Washington team.

The End.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 24, 2015, 03:43:45 PM
hmm only one goal so far in today's Premier League

Wonder if West ham can hold on to the lead against Chelsea

OOH Watford just scored

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 24, 2015, 03:49:42 PM
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown a second yellow card for his foul

Looks like West Ham should win it now First half over

Spoke too soon 1-1 now
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 24, 2015, 04:28:42 PM
Fabregas was onside, should have been 1-1 at half.   
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 24, 2015, 04:39:14 PM
Seriously, what is wrong with Chelsea this season? (http://liberalforum.net/images/smilies/blink.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 24, 2015, 04:50:38 PM
Aston Villa having a worse time than Chelsea
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 24, 2015, 04:51:10 PM
I have no idea.   Last year everyone improved their games but this year no one has taken a leap forward and several have taken a step back.   I don't know if some of them got too comfortable and didn't work as hard in the off-season or what.   Mourinho seems to be having problems motivating them but for the most part his tactics have been on, this is mostly on the players for me.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 24, 2015, 05:01:27 PM
Do you think Vardy will go to a top 4 team? mind you his in a top 5 team atm  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 24, 2015, 05:03:36 PM
Do you think Vardy will go to a top 4 team? mind you his in a top 5 team atm  :D
I hope not. Can't stand him!  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ClintACK on October 25, 2015, 11:19:20 AM
And another week of London Football... I'm beginning to think the only point of having our teams fly to London is the staggered game starts -- there's now football on television from 9:30 AM until well after midnight.  Still, it's better than the abomination that is Thursday Night Football.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 25, 2015, 02:55:58 PM
And another week of London Football... I'm beginning to think the only point of having our teams fly to London is the staggered game starts -- there's now football on television from 9:30 AM until well after midnight.  Still, it's better than the abomination that is Thursday Night Football.

Yep, they have taken over Sundays completely. It is the Day of The Football.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 25, 2015, 03:43:30 PM
Can we have a shot on goal in the Manchester derby please  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 25, 2015, 03:44:57 PM
Can we have a shot on goal in the Manchester derby please  :D
No.

(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-fc/yawn.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 31, 2015, 03:54:23 PM
Not many goals yet
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on October 31, 2015, 03:57:37 PM
Not many goals yet
They all went in in the early match!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 31, 2015, 04:02:24 PM
Unfortunately to the wrong team  ;D Liverpool ugggh we a big club! when last time you won the premier league

cocky fans
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ClintACK on October 31, 2015, 04:13:12 PM
Yet another week of Football in London.  Apologies to those across the pond for this week's game.  Two lackluster teams, and a superstar who suffered a season-ending injury several weeks ago.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 31, 2015, 04:16:19 PM
Yet another week of Football in London.  Apologies to those across the pond for this week's game.  Two lackluster teams, and a superstar who suffered a season-ending injury several weeks ago.

You talking about Watford and West Ham?  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ClintACK on October 31, 2015, 04:20:45 PM
Yet another week of Football in London.  Apologies to those across the pond for this week's game.  Two lackluster teams, and a superstar who suffered a season-ending injury several weeks ago.

You talking about Watford and West Ham?  ;D

 ???  :o  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on October 31, 2015, 07:35:53 PM
But Arsenal beat Swansea 3-0 which is awesome. :D

Even though they're playing badly at the moment they're a tough team and one we've struggled with before so it's a good sign after the domestic cup debacle.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on November 01, 2015, 04:36:35 PM
Detroit is getting embarrassed right now.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on November 02, 2015, 01:13:49 AM
Detroit is getting embarrassed right now.

This is where I point out that Detroit getting embarrassed is the normal state of things.  Whenever they stop getting embarrassed on on regular basis is when you will need to start stocking up on non-perishables.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on November 07, 2015, 03:22:40 PM
Man U should be winning, 80% of ball possession but only 2 shots on goal so far ...WBA hanging on for now
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on November 07, 2015, 04:21:08 PM
I am pleased to see that Hamburg seems to be back on track. After a last minute choach change three games before season end (which resulted in possibly one of the narrowest avoiding of going down to second league), they are doing pretty good now. Not amazing, but close to the halfway point of the season they are 10th out of 18. That's a lot better than they've been for many years.

But it's looking like Bremen is having some trouble now. Haha...  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on November 07, 2015, 09:04:32 PM
I am pleased to see that Hamburg seems to be back on track. After a last minute choach change three games before season end (which resulted in possibly one of the narrowest avoiding of going down to second league), they are doing pretty good now. Not amazing, but close to the halfway point of the season they are 10th out of 18. That's a lot better than they've been for many years.

But it's looking like Bremen is having some trouble now. Haha...  :D
I've fallen behind following the German league since the beginning of this season, was sad that Munchengladbach started so terribly after how they finished last year. Looks like they've caught back up though which is good to see.

Munich already 8 points ahead :/
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Yora on November 08, 2015, 12:59:56 PM
Of course it is. Munich always is first with a big lead. It's not a question of if, but of how much.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on November 21, 2015, 03:58:58 PM
Vardy scores again

West Brom are winning! it wont last second half to come
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on December 13, 2015, 05:33:20 PM
2-1 WBA ! Liverpool fans all moaning
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on December 13, 2015, 06:02:25 PM
Balls Liverpool score 6 minutes into injury time?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on December 13, 2015, 06:20:37 PM
Don't talk about football.  :'(
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on December 19, 2015, 03:16:26 PM
Chelsea have decided to play today ...
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on December 19, 2015, 06:21:00 PM
Interesting that the fans booed the players... why am I not surprised?  ???
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on December 21, 2015, 01:08:02 PM
Interesting that the fans booed the players... why am I not surprised?  ???

Because the players had been playing like crap all year.  Maybe Mourinho failed at getting them properly motivated but I put a lot of what has happened on the players' feet.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on December 21, 2015, 02:16:46 PM
Interesting that the fans booed the players... why am I not surprised?  ???

Because the players had been playing like crap all year.  Maybe Mourinho failed at getting them properly motivated but I put a lot of what has happened on the players' feet.
For me it's more Mourinho's fault - after all, this kind of thing always happens after he's been in a job for a couple of years. I don't think he has the right motivational skills to keep a squad at the top over a longer period, since his methods tend to be destructive ones that are only effective in the short term. Everyone expected him to do things differently this time around; he didn't, and that's on him more than anything else.

The players aren't blameless of course, but I don't think they really deserved to be heckled like that really.  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on December 21, 2015, 03:29:21 PM
Interesting that the fans booed the players... why am I not surprised?  ???

Because the players had been playing like crap all year.  Maybe Mourinho failed at getting them properly motivated but I put a lot of what has happened on the players' feet.
For me it's more Mourinho's fault - after all, this kind of thing always happens after he's been in a job for a couple of years. I don't think he has the right motivational skills to keep a squad at the top over a longer period, since his methods tend to be destructive ones that are only effective in the short term. Everyone expected him to do things differently this time around; he didn't, and that's on him more than anything else.

The players aren't blameless of course, but I don't think they really deserved to be heckled like that really.  :-\

The so-called Mourinho 3rd year fall off is just a myth.  In his previous 3rd Chelsea season he finished 2nd in the PL, won 2 cups, and I believe made it to the Champions League semis.  Even his last year at Madrid he still won a cup and made it to the CL semis. 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on December 21, 2015, 04:05:36 PM
Interesting that the fans booed the players... why am I not surprised?  ???

Because the players had been playing like crap all year.  Maybe Mourinho failed at getting them properly motivated but I put a lot of what has happened on the players' feet.
For me it's more Mourinho's fault - after all, this kind of thing always happens after he's been in a job for a couple of years. I don't think he has the right motivational skills to keep a squad at the top over a longer period, since his methods tend to be destructive ones that are only effective in the short term. Everyone expected him to do things differently this time around; he didn't, and that's on him more than anything else.

The players aren't blameless of course, but I don't think they really deserved to be heckled like that really.  :-\

The so-called Mourinho 3rd year fall off is just a myth.  In his previous 3rd Chelsea season he finished 2nd in the PL, won 2 cups, and I believe made it to the Champions League semis.  Even his last year at Madrid he still won a cup and made it to the CL semis.
It's not that he's necessarily unsuccessful in the third year, it's that he has never managed a team for longer than that. He doesn't have any experience with maintaining success over time, which is a different proposition to short-term success.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on December 22, 2015, 07:38:15 PM
Good news Raptori looks like Mourinho off to Man U according to some paper talk, maybe lol
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on December 22, 2015, 08:37:02 PM
Good news Raptori looks like Mourinho off to Man U according to some paper talk, maybe lol
Lol yeah. I'm completely torn on that. On the one hand he's one of the two or three best managers in the world, he practically guarantees trophies, and he's very entertaining. On the other, he's an absolute ass some of the time, and I don't have any faith in him when it comes to building a team for the long term...  :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: CryptofCthulhu on January 05, 2016, 01:49:53 PM
NBA - Spurs
NCAA Men's basketball - North Carolina
NCAA Men's Football - Washington Huskies and Florida State
NFL - Green Bay, Pittsburgh (Also Philadelphia but I'm on strike currently :) )
MLB - White Sox, Braves, Dodgers.

I don't follow hockey or soccer/football.

However I don't buy team merchandise.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on January 05, 2016, 02:05:19 PM
NBA - Spurs
NCAA Men's basketball - North Carolina
NCAA Men's Football - Washington Huskies and Florida State
NFL - Green Bay, Pittsburgh (Also Philadelphia but I'm on strike currently :) )
MLB - White Sox, Braves, Dodgers.

I don't follow hockey or soccer/football.

However I don't buy team merchandise.

Wow, that's some serious geographic diversity. I'm much more parochial, focused on Baltimore, Maryland and DC.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on January 06, 2016, 12:35:09 AM
Used to be down here that you followed whatever footy (Aussie Rules) side that was in your geographic suburban location. My Dad bucked that trend. He grew up in Newport so should have followed either South Melbourne (and he had friends who played for the club, one even won the Brownlow Medal) or Footscray (and he went to school with Teddy Whitten a Footscray legend), but he wound up being a Tiger (Richmond). Where I grew up I should have been a Hawthorn barracker, but I followed both my parents down the yellow and black path.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on January 27, 2016, 08:20:32 PM
Does anyone like tennis? First British lady to get to semi final for years.

I'm hoping for a Murray or Federer to be champion can't warm to Novak.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on January 27, 2016, 08:25:07 PM
Does anyone like tennis? First British lady to get to semi final for years.

I'm hoping for a Murry or Federer to be champion can't warm to Novak.
It's a quadruple actually, British semi-finalists in the men's and women's singles, Jamie Murray in the double's semi's and wheelchair semi's too!

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on January 27, 2016, 08:31:44 PM
Does anyone like tennis? First British lady to get to semi final for years.

I'm hoping for a Murry or Federer to be champion can't warm to Novak.
We get saturation coverage down here where the Open actually takes place. Lejays17 went to the first day of the tournament. I was working so couldn't make it. Konta really prepared well for this summer, she heralded this with her form in the Hopman Cup. I think Novak will knock Federer out. He's trying to make himself more likeable, but it just comes across as very forced. Raonic could be a dark horse for the title. Can't see anyone other than Serena winning the women's title.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on January 27, 2016, 08:37:50 PM
Meanwhile, for anyone who likes American hand-and-sometimes-football, we're about to have a Super Bowl blow-out. In all likelihood, the young QB from Carolina will run and pass all over the folks from Denver, and the aging QB at Denver will not get his last hurrah.

And I will miss the game in all likelihood for the first time in ages. Family stuff to do. Which they scheduled on Super Bowl Sunday. What were they thinking?  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on January 27, 2016, 08:42:18 PM
I really enjoy watching Cam play a lot but the Colts fan in me is rooting for Old Man Manning.  I just want him to be able to go out like Elway was able to.  Denver definitely has the best defense Carolina has faced so maybe they can slow Cam down enough that Manning can pull out a couple rabbits.  This will be the third year in a row I'll be in Florida visiting my wife's sister during the Super Bowl so we have a quasi tradition going now.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on January 27, 2016, 08:51:57 PM
I really enjoy watching Cam play a lot but the Colts fan in me is rooting for Old Man Manning.  I just want him to be able to go out like Elway was able to.  Denver definitely has the best defense Carolina has faced so maybe they can slow Cam down enough that Manning can pull out a couple rabbits.  This will be the third year in a row I'll be in Florida visiting my wife's sister during the Super Bowl so we have a quasi tradition going now.

My heart is with you on this one. Go Manning. I just have a suspicion it's not going to be much of a game.

But, that's why they play 'em!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on January 27, 2016, 10:16:23 PM
I really enjoy watching Cam play a lot but the Colts fan in me is rooting for Old Man Manning.  I just want him to be able to go out like Elway was able to.  Denver definitely has the best defense Carolina has faced so maybe they can slow Cam down enough that Manning can pull out a couple rabbits.  This will be the third year in a row I'll be in Florida visiting my wife's sister during the Super Bowl so we have a quasi tradition going now.

My heart is with you on this one. Go Manning. I just have a suspicion it's not going to be much of a game.

But, that's why they play 'em!

yeah.  i'm a fan of peyton in general, but i LOVE the carolina defense -- even more than i love the denver defense.  luke kuechly is not human.  i'm pretty sure carolina is going to shut out denver and their defense will put up more points than the offense.

watching peyton throw off-target floaters this past sunday?  it was a miracle he didn't have more interceptions than brady did.

the game was amazing tho.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BA8Nao9k7ot/
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on January 28, 2016, 01:16:37 AM
Chris, do your remember that Woody Allen movie where he is inserted into all these historical events? They did a similar in Forrest Gump.

Just wondering how good your phot manipulation really is.  ;)

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on January 28, 2016, 01:32:05 AM
Chris, do your remember that Woody Allen movie where he is inserted into all these historical events? They did a similar in Forrest Gump.

Just wondering how good your phot manipulation really is.  ;)

zelig, right?  this one?
[youtube]fsjt-lNtSfg[/youtube]


not gonna lie.  my photoshopping ability is pretty legendary.  tho, not as legendary as my 11 year-old's already is.
(http://m3mnoch.com/static/images/quentin-photoshop-muscles.png)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Shay_Fox on February 02, 2016, 10:07:30 PM
Hello guyz i am new here. Well i am from Brooklyn. Well i don't have any interest in sports. But i love to watch soccer. 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2016, 11:33:49 AM
Hello guyz i am new here. Well i am from Brooklyn. Well i don't have any interest in sports. But i love to watch soccer.

Mens? Womens? Both?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Shay_Fox on February 04, 2016, 10:18:08 PM
Hello guyz i am new here. Well i am from Brooklyn. Well i don't have any interest in sports. But i love to watch soccer.

Mens? Womens? Both?

What do you mean ??
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2016, 10:18:59 PM
Hello guyz i am new here. Well i am from Brooklyn. Well i don't have any interest in sports. But i love to watch soccer.

Mens? Womens? Both?

What do you mean ??

Men's soccer, Women's soccer, or both?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Francis Knight on February 04, 2016, 11:38:15 PM
Six Nations* starts this weekend! We're going to get creamed if our World Cup performance is anything to go by, and a new manager to boot



*rugby
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 05, 2016, 12:24:40 PM
Yup, but it'll good training for England (and probably the other UK nations too) failure in the Euro's and Olympics this summer.

Though I'll be rooting on Wales and in Six Nations and Euro's as well as England anyway ;)

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on February 05, 2016, 07:02:43 PM
Obviously rooting for Scotland in the Six Nations :D I actually live right next to the Murrayfield Stadium (it's only 7 minutes walking distance from me), so I'm quite looking forward to see the neighbourhood come alive, as it always does whenever there's any match either there or at the nearby Tynecastle Stadium (although that's a football one). I'm expecting quite a lot of noise in a England vs Scotland match, obviously  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 05, 2016, 07:43:31 PM
Obviously rooting for Scotland in the Six Nations :D I actually live right next to the Murrayfield Stadium (it's only 7 minutes walking distance from me), so I'm quite looking forward to see the neighbourhood come alive, as it always does whenever there's any match either there or at the nearby Tynecastle Stadium (although that's a football one). I'm expecting quite a lot of noise in a England vs Scotland match, obviously  :P
A lot of noise, a lot of drunks, a lot of vomit.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Shay_Fox on February 05, 2016, 10:30:36 PM
Hello guyz i am new here. Well i am from Brooklyn. Well i don't have any interest in sports. But i love to watch soccer.

Mens? Womens? Both?

What do you mean ??

Men's soccer, Women's soccer, or both?


Lol . I don't like women's soccer. I like Men's soccer. I love Messy he the fantastic.. 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on February 06, 2016, 02:04:01 PM
Come on Leicester!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 06, 2016, 02:48:30 PM
Leicester are actually going to win the league, aren't they? That is well mental.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 06, 2016, 02:57:16 PM
Leicester are actually going to win the league, aren't they? That is well mental.
It is definitely there's to lose now, it is as you say, proper mental.

I'm quite desperate for them to win, it'll be important for the league I think, especially with this eye watering amount of money being thrown at them all by Murdoch.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on February 06, 2016, 03:58:58 PM
Wow they won.
But it was against Manchester City :( I like City
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 06, 2016, 04:09:31 PM
But it was against Manchester City :( I like City
(http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/beee.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on February 06, 2016, 04:12:07 PM
But it was against Manchester City :( I like City
(http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/beee.gif)
Better than United, no?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 06, 2016, 04:13:04 PM
Although there's still quite a number of game left, and teams have blown bigger leads than they have in the past. So it's by no means over. But they're still the most consistent team in the league aside from Spurs, as much as it pains me to say that as an Arsenal fan...

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 06, 2016, 04:15:52 PM
But it was against Manchester City :( I like City
(http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/beee.gif)
Better than United, no?
(http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/rte/shock.gif)

Definitely not!  :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on February 06, 2016, 04:25:19 PM
I thought United were a bunch of arrogant, think they're much better than the rest, far too well paid for what they play, players - from what I've heard, hehe
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 06, 2016, 04:31:30 PM
I thought United were a bunch of arrogant, think they're much better than the rest, far too well paid for what they play, players - from what I've heard, hehe
All footballers are like that - United are no better or worse than anyone else in that regard.   :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on February 06, 2016, 04:54:35 PM
I thought United were a bunch of arrogant, think they're much better than the rest, far too well paid for what they play, players - from what I've heard, hehe
All footballers are like that - United are no better or worse than anyone else in that regard.   :P

Liverpool are, mind you I might be slightly irrational when it comes to them.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 06, 2016, 04:58:00 PM
I thought United were a bunch of arrogant, think they're much better than the rest, far too well paid for what they play, players - from what I've heard, hehe
All footballers are like that - United are no better or worse than anyone else in that regard.   :P

Liverpool are, mind you I might be slightly irrational when it comes to them.
Liverpool players are probably pretty much the same as all the others; the fans (as a whole), however, are utterly insane. They've had a hard couple of decades.  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 06, 2016, 05:45:28 PM
I don't dislike City at all, how can you honestly? The fans are pretty good in comparison to most, and the club just bought its way to victory with loads of money and they have amazing players, there's little for me to get annoyed with there. If they win, that makes sense, look at the players they have, if they don't, oh well.

Whereas Utd on the other hand...I really dislike Ferguson, Rooney, the club :P Arsenal/Utd have always had a rivalry in my lifetime.

But the modern game is being destroyed by ridiculous amounts of money and stupidly expensive tickets, so it doesn't matter. :)

Go Leicester!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 06, 2016, 06:04:34 PM
I don't dislike City at all, how can you honestly? The fans are pretty good in comparison to most, and the club just bought its way to victory with loads of money and they have amazing players, there's little for me to get annoyed with there. If they win, that makes sense, look at the players they have, if they don't, oh well.

Whereas Utd on the other hand...I really dislike Ferguson, Rooney, the club :P Arsenal/Utd have always had a rivalry in my lifetime.

But the modern game is being destroyed by ridiculous amounts of money and stupidly expensive tickets, so it doesn't matter. :)

Go Leicester!
Guess it depends where you grew up (and to a lesser extent who you support). Where I did (south Manchester), the City fans were horrible - even the ones I got on with most of the time were angry and aggressive whenever football came up - and that was a pretty large sample size.  I guess the City fans elsewhere might not be so bad...

Fergie was abrasive, but you can't deny his genius.  :P I'm a United fan and even I dislike Rooney, so I'll give you that one! I miss the United/Arsenal rivalry - when both teams were doing well the matches were great, and that Arsenal team was brilliant to watch.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 08, 2016, 12:55:59 AM
Ha! Denver Broncos are in the super bowl! Bet South Park are loving that!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Shay_Fox on February 08, 2016, 10:44:12 PM
Ha! Denver Broncos are in the super bowl! Bet South Park are loving that!
Agreed..  ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 25, 2016, 07:40:38 PM
@Mr.J you must be salivating at the thought of playing against United this weekend. We don't have a single first-choice defender fit, and half the rest of the squad is injured too. And it's not like our first choice players were worldbeaters in the first place. I get the feeling you'll be getting back at us for that 8-2 a while back when you had loads of players injured... (http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/unsure.gif)

Edit: and now our only outstanding player this season got a hamstring injury in the warm up, and we now have to use our fourth or fifth choice striker instead...  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on February 25, 2016, 08:50:00 PM
And missed a pen against the mighty Danish opposition.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 25, 2016, 08:55:33 PM
(http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/just_cuz/JC_see_stars.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 25, 2016, 09:56:45 PM
Well. Did not see that coming.  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on February 25, 2016, 10:00:59 PM
Well. Did not see that coming.  :o

Excellent win !
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 25, 2016, 10:23:49 PM
Well. Did not see that coming.  :o

Excellent win !
And some actual good football too, which is even weirder! If Memphis manages to play like that against better opposition now that he's got a bit of confidence...  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on February 27, 2016, 06:06:06 PM
WBA 3 goals up what the heck? we've been playing useless recently. Crystal Palace must be bad

Come on Leicester! hope Arsenal, and Spurs and Man city lose all their matches now  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 27, 2016, 07:10:23 PM
So you come back from being 3-1 down to level the scores, your on loan striker scores a hat trick, yet you still lose 4 -3?  League 1 here we come. Tempted to say I am done for the season.  Will wait till next season for my next game as just too depressing.  Will be my 4th relegation.:(
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on February 28, 2016, 08:25:02 PM
Arsenal were garbage, spineless and mediocre.

But we've been that for over a month now really.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on February 28, 2016, 08:37:07 PM
Shocking result really, didn't realise Arsenal had been struggling recently - guess the match came at just the wrong time for them.

LvG falling over was ridiculous; the man's insane.

Favourite moment:
(https://giant.gfycat.com/SillyIndolentAntelope.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on February 29, 2016, 03:04:17 AM
Arsenal were garbage, spineless and mediocre.

But we've been that for over a decade now really.

FYP
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on March 02, 2016, 11:11:00 PM
Football is crazy.  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on March 02, 2016, 11:32:21 PM
Just doing this at Arsenal's performances atm
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7g47qoL3S1rssfro.gif)

Also think it proves that the Premier League is, while very very entertaining, utter garbage :P everyone is giving Leicester the title without even trying, and Arsenal are still in fucking third place despite winning 4 out of 11 games. How is that possible!



Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Raptori on March 02, 2016, 11:58:45 PM
Yeah I can imagine!

Me seeing the scores of the other games tonight:
(http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/4656581/stunned-o.gif)

Completely agree though, it's great to watch but it's embarassing how bad everyone is!  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on March 30, 2016, 07:53:31 AM
British media , England beat Germany we will be world champions a couple of days later England losses to Holland then say we won't get anywhere with this team.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Rostum on March 30, 2016, 12:52:11 PM
Quote
British media , England beat Germany we will be world champions a couple of days later England losses to Holland then say we won't get anywhere with this team.

First rule of UK journalism build something up so later you can tear it down. You get two stories for the price of one doing this.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on April 02, 2016, 12:18:33 AM
One would humbly suggest anyone labouring under the weight of being an Arsenal fan might like to try being a Crystal Palace fan. We will teach you the true meaning of despair!

It is very fortunate that I prefer both rugby and ice hockey to football these days, where I support Ulster and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively. At least I usually have one team going well to cheer me up... that'll be the Penguins right now.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 02, 2016, 12:48:24 AM
One would humbly suggest anyone labouring under the weight of being an Arsenal fan might like to try being a Crystal Palace fan. We will teach you the true meaning of despair!

It is very fortunate that I prefer both rugby and ice hockey to football these days, where I support Ulster and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively. At least I usually have one team going well to cheer me up... that'll be the Penguins right now.

And while a Washington Capitals fan might come by some cheer honestly - best record and all - the coming of post-season will assuredly bring its usual despair.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on April 02, 2016, 01:29:28 AM
One would humbly suggest anyone labouring under the weight of being an Arsenal fan might like to try being a Crystal Palace fan. We will teach you the true meaning of despair!

It is very fortunate that I prefer both rugby and ice hockey to football these days, where I support Ulster and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively. At least I usually have one team going well to cheer me up... that'll be the Penguins right now.

And while a Washington Capitals fan might come by some cheer honestly - best record and all - the coming of post-season will assuredly bring its usual despair.

I don't follow the rest of the NHL hugely well, but the Caps' record has been hugely impressive. They do seem to be slipping at the wrong moment though.

I've actually seen the Caps more than any other NHL team (other than the Pens of course), most recently in the 6-2 game just gone by.  Not that I'm allowed to like them of course. My girlfriend would castrate me in my sleep if I did.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 02, 2016, 02:14:52 PM
Aston Villa players should be ashamed of themselves no passion no fight I hope no premier team buys any of them there  don't deserve to be in the premier league

come on West Bromwich for today!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 09, 2016, 06:07:42 PM
It's Saturday and I rarely watch sports during the afternoon. But I'm tired from gardening (I.e. Damaging my back).

I can watch English premiere: man city vs west brom
Or
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Mainz

Votes?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 09, 2016, 06:09:26 PM
It's Saturday and I rarely watch sports during the afternoon. But I'm tired from gardening (I.e. Damaging my back).

I can watch English premiere: man city vs west brom
Or
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Mainz

Votes?


Watch the Grand National.  See if Rule the World wins.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on April 09, 2016, 06:15:54 PM
It's Saturday and I rarely watch sports during the afternoon. But I'm tired from gardening (I.e. Damaging my back).

I can watch English premiere: man city vs west brom
Or
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Mainz

Votes?


Watch the Grand National.  See if Rule the World wins.

I'd definitely watch the video. Even though we is knowwho won
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 09, 2016, 06:17:53 PM
It's Saturday and I rarely watch sports during the afternoon. But I'm tired from gardening (I.e. Damaging my back).

I can watch English premiere: man city vs west brom
Or
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Mainz

Votes?


Watch the Grand National.  See if Rule the World wins.

I'd definitely watch the video. Even though we is knowwho won

I wish I had a flutter now. I would have certainly chosen a horse with that name!  And 33 -1 ! I would have put a quid on, and would now have £33!

Oh well, what ifs.  I wouldn't bother with Man City v West Brom, both teams have their flip flops on and have downed tools for the season.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 10, 2016, 03:44:11 PM
Come on Leicester!

Just want Manchester Utd to win against Tottenham now
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on April 10, 2016, 04:33:26 PM
Survival for Crystal Palace more or less assured now. Still can't believe this will be our third season in the Premiership... or that we ended up fighting the drop after that start.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on April 10, 2016, 06:12:27 PM
Well that's a bit embarrassing for man u  :o

3 goals in 6 minutes against them
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on April 25, 2016, 08:58:00 AM
Crystal Palace through to the FA Cup final and Pens crushing the Rags.

All is sweet; needless to say, it won't last, never does...
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on April 25, 2016, 04:42:12 PM
Crystal Palace through to the FA Cup final and Pens crushing the Rags.

All is sweet; needless to say, it won't last, never does...
A team that got to the FA Cup Final in the last three years got relegated the next year, Wigan, Hull, Villa.

Good luck Pardew. :D

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 25, 2016, 05:33:08 PM
Wigan got relegated the same season!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on April 25, 2016, 10:24:45 PM
Wigan got relegated the same season!
Same difference! :P
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on April 26, 2016, 10:13:25 PM
Lets hope and pray Palace go down. Maybe like Portsmouth and Wigan before them a double relegation to league 1 and derbies with the Millwall!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 01, 2016, 04:03:25 PM
I totally don't get this.
No overtime in foot-not-ever-hands football?
Leicester City 1 - Man U 1 with no overtime, no penalty kick.
Are those saved only for elimination games?

OK, in the thread about "What if you were in charge of the world?" I know one darn thing I'd change!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 01, 2016, 04:10:27 PM
Extra time and PKs are only reserved for tournament elimination games.   

Let's see if Chelsea can do one thing right this season and beat Tottenham tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 01, 2016, 04:37:11 PM
Extra time and PKs are only reserved for tournament elimination games.   

Let's see if Chelsea can do one thing right this season and beat Tottenham tomorrow.

So sayeth the American:
> Ties are boring.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on May 01, 2016, 05:39:08 PM
Eh.   Extra time adds 30 minutes to the game and generally the quality of play at that point drops considerably.  PKs are such a crap shoot that I hate them being the decider as well.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 01, 2016, 06:37:17 PM
My 'jersey' these days is snooker - world championship final today, Mark Selby's winning :D :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on May 01, 2016, 10:25:31 PM
I totally don't get this.
No overtime in foot-not-ever-hands football?
Leicester City 1 - Man U 1 with no overtime, no penalty kick.
Are those saved only for elimination games?

OK, in the thread about "What if you were in charge of the world?" I know one darn thing I'd change!
We don't have overtime in regular season games in Aussie Rules either. They do have it in finals games and they're going to introduce it in the Grand Final if scores are tied at the end of the game, before now they had a replay the following week. Basically if a game is drawn during the regular season each team gets 2 points (4 points is normally awarded for a win).
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on May 02, 2016, 10:38:31 PM
Leicester City have won the Premier League.

Madness.

But I am mostly thankful that Spurs didn't.  ::)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 02, 2016, 11:08:05 PM
Mental. And the fact their closest rivals for Spurs. I think this is the after effects of Fergie leaving the arena. Under Fergie, a team had to be perfect to wrestle the title from Manure. But now. It is a more open playing field. Add to that other factors such as more even distribution of tv rights, big clubs being billionnaire play things but unaware that a great team is not an expensive collection of superstars but a team who have grown together and balance each other (again something Fergie got - even his best Utd teams had some average players but who had a clear role in the team.)

Hard to predict next season. My gut instinct though thinks Liverpool finally under Klopp next season, and Leicester top 6.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on May 03, 2016, 12:15:22 AM
Mental. And the fact their closest rivals for Spurs. I think this is the after effects of Fergie leaving the arena. Under Fergie, a team had to be perfect to wrestle the title from Manure. But now. It is a more open playing field. Add to that other factors such as more even distribution of tv rights, big clubs being billionnaire play things but unaware that a great team is not an expensive collection of superstars but a team who have grown together and balance each other (again something Fergie got - even his best Utd teams had some average players but who had a clear role in the team.)

Hard to predict next season. My gut instinct though thinks Liverpool finally under Klopp next season, and Leicester top 6.
Klopp's gonna have to do a lot of shopping and cleaning up, lots of potential for good things there, but a lot to do still. Not sure if it'll be next season or not, but i'm expecting Liverpool to be up there. Who knows with Leicester frankly, they'll be in the Champions League group stages...what's the bet they get Barca?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on May 03, 2016, 12:19:15 AM
Only now I found this thread  ::) Thought no one cared about the Champions League!

Personally I hope for Atletico de Madrid vs Manchester City just to have a new champion in the list. Even though Real x Bayern would be such a blast to watch.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 03, 2016, 08:05:40 AM
Great night for Leicester ;D
And yes, I'm including Mark Selby there too 8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on May 03, 2016, 08:18:41 AM
Well he is a Leicester city fan.

What a great night for Leicester.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 03, 2016, 08:25:23 AM
Well he is a Leicester city fan.

What a great night for Leicester.
Because he *is* from Leicester - the Jester from Leicester ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lady Ty on May 03, 2016, 09:46:16 AM
That is wonderful news about Leicester City, I don't follow, but my father was from Leicester and I have many family there, they will be so stoked. Hope some of them had a bet on. ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 03, 2016, 09:50:56 AM
At the start of the season I heard the odds were 5000-1 ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on May 03, 2016, 11:27:05 AM
It is spectacular and I'm very happy for them.

It's still interesting what we'll all ignore at the price of a story though.

They had some seriously dodgy financial doping deals when they were in the Championship to avoid punishment relating to their funds; questionable rumours about drugs and enhancements, especially since they bought all these players from the French league and they're able to tear around the Premier League in 38 games plus and dominate, you can't help but wonder...

And Vardy being excused for being a horrible little racist cos he's their striker and done really well of course.

But like I said, Fairy Tale ;)

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on May 03, 2016, 09:40:27 PM
Bayern x Atletico. What an awesome game. And I got it right and Atletico classified!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Roelor on May 04, 2016, 12:30:49 PM
I think being a "fan" of a club, celebrity or anything else is ridiculous.
For me, it seems like the lamest way of "belonging" somewhere.
When you ask people why they are fan of a club, it doesn't go much further than:
- I'm from that town
- cause it's my club

The most extreme example is a hooligan, who is mentally hurt whenever their team loses or someone says something bad. Football and all other entertainment for the mass(Olympics, world cups, anything you can imagine) are meant to keep the mass happy, while another party rules all of them. All of you are falling for it

I like things, but I would never go fanboy over anything as it doesn't make any sense.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on May 04, 2016, 02:20:22 PM
There's fans and fans. Nothing that prevents you from enjoying something and not making in the center of gravity of your life...

I'm not even European and will certainly watch Real x Manchester today not because I follow any of the teams, but just for a (hopefully) great soccer match. That's it.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 04, 2016, 04:27:34 PM
There's fans and fans. Nothing that prevents you from enjoying something and not making in the center of gravity of your life...

I'm not even European and will certainly watch Real x Manchester today not because I follow any of the teams, but just for a (hopefully) great FOOTBALL match. That's it.

Ahem.  Just a minor correction.

And yeah. What's wrong with being a fan? Often fandoms grow out of quite sweet reasons - a bond between son and father, brother and brother, friend and friend.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on May 04, 2016, 04:40:59 PM
Wow. That moment you realize you are maybe being influenced too much by Americans, when you notice you have just said "soccer" instead of football.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 04, 2016, 05:07:32 PM
Wow. That moment you realize you are maybe being influenced too much by Americans, when you notice you have just said "soccer" instead of football.

Come to the dark side, padawan.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 04, 2016, 05:09:19 PM
Wow. That moment you realize you are maybe being influenced too much by Americans, when you notice you have just said "soccer" instead of football.

Come to the dark side, padawan.

Football is so called because we play the ball with our feet. NHL or American Handball is so called because you play the ball with your hands.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on May 05, 2016, 06:55:22 AM
Meanwhile, in the real sporting news of the day, the Pens move one step closer to Conference Finals, all done on a night without Flower, Maatta or Letang  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 05, 2016, 12:03:06 PM
Meanwhile, in the real sporting news of the day, the Pens move one step closer to Conference Finals, all done on a night without Flower, Maatta or Letang  8)

I watched through 2nd period then had to get some sleep. The Caps are the epitome of choking. Which is isn't to take away from the Pens. But really? C'mon Washington! Get a grip.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on May 05, 2016, 12:58:47 PM
Meanwhile, in the real sporting news of the day, the Pens move one step closer to Conference Finals, all done on a night without Flower, Maatta or Letang  8)

I watched through 2nd period then had to get some sleep. The Caps are the epitome of choking. Which is isn't to take away from the Pens. But really? C'mon Washington! Get a grip.

The only thing I'm watching are highlights. My girl insists its good luck for me to sleep through Pens playoff games ;) But yeah, I didn't expect this and you have my sympathies, if any year seemed to hint at the Caps blowing off the stereotype it was this year.

Tbh, I think if the Pens weren't going so hot they would have.

Anyway, some hockey comedy. This may not cheer you up but, well, gotta try...

[youtube]6wH_FjPnQVU[/youtube]
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on May 07, 2016, 04:33:50 PM
KAWHI!!!

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580158/kawhi-leonard-lets-his-game-and-game-saving-rebound-do-the-talking
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on May 31, 2016, 12:40:25 AM
Not long now until the Penguins' latest dance with Stanley. Pretty nervous. Haven't watched too much of the play-offs so far but figure I've gotta stay up for this one. Reading Pens articles and thinking I should be writing. Dupuis' one made me sad.

Okay, I also spent the rest of "Should be writing" time doing analysis of the latest England game to win rugby arguments online. Some people are wrong and need to know they're wrong, damnit!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on June 12, 2016, 09:37:10 PM
Any (UK) people saw the World Triathlon coverage today on TV?
It was in Leeds, I was just there on those streets yesterday, while they were fixing everything :D

Yay Brownlee brothers!! 8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on June 13, 2016, 08:41:17 PM
(http://s2.dmcdn.net/GZ9YS.jpg)

Jmack will understand.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on June 14, 2016, 01:32:24 AM
(http://s2.dmcdn.net/GZ9YS.jpg)

Jmack will understand.

My only good feeling about the Capitals' loss is that at least we lost to the eventual champs. Glad you could have a fun playoffs!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on June 14, 2016, 01:13:08 PM
Thanks man. My only regret is I foolishly didn't time my stay in the States to coincide, but who could have expected this? Its been a mental ride.

Lets do this all again next year  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on June 14, 2016, 01:50:20 PM
Thanks man. My only regret is I foolishly didn't time my stay in the States to coincide, but who could have expected this? Its been a mental ride.

Lets do this all again next year  8)

Hrumpf. Maybe... most of it.  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 03, 2016, 09:08:13 AM
Wasn't expecting Novak to lose  :o

I want Fed to win but Andy Murray looks really good
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lady Ty on July 03, 2016, 02:50:02 PM
I hope anyone but Kyrgios wins,most of us are sick of his behaviour and he's not a teenager anymore. Go Murray. ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Mr.J on July 04, 2016, 06:06:42 PM
I hope anyone but Kyrgios wins,most of us are sick of his behaviour and he's not a teenager anymore. Go Murray. ;D
His hair is awful.

That is all.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on September 04, 2016, 08:19:50 PM
Inspirational first win from the Big Sam.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on September 06, 2016, 12:48:39 PM
Inspirational first win from the Big Sam.

That's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: MammaMamae on September 13, 2016, 12:07:00 PM
And….it's college football season!!! (Or as my New England born husband says "Fall"  ::) )

But for a Midwestern girl like me it's time to get the pom poms and cowbell out!

M GO BLUE!!!

(Though, to be fair, my husband does think tailgating in my native Ann Arbor is pretty cool, if just for having an excuse to grill steak, and drink bloody mary's, and leave the kids with Grandma at 10 am on a Saturday)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on September 14, 2016, 01:35:48 AM
Ah, college football.

When we moved to Alabama in 1998 (we came back in 2002), there were two questions everyone asked us:

> Have you found a church yet?
> Alabama... or Auburn?

Answering the first in any way led to an invitation.
Answering the second the wrong way could lead to dire consequences.

Now that we're back in Maryland, and no one cares much about college football, I can root for Maryland and Navy both without risk of bodily injury.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on September 14, 2016, 08:23:46 AM
Ah, college football.

When we moved to Alabama in 1998 (we came back in 2002), there were two questions everyone asked us:

> Have you found a church yet?
> Alabama... or Auburn?

Answering the first in any way led to an invitation.
Answering the second the wrong way could lead to dire consequences.

Now that we're back in Maryland, and no one cares much about college football, I can root for Maryland and Navy both without risk of bodily injury.
I have a friend who follows Collingwood in our AFL competition (which is kind of odd because he's fairly intelligent and even has all his teeth) and when I asked how he came to follow the Pies, he said when he first moved to Melbourne he went to this school and it was either follow Collingwood or Carlton or get a beating, so he chose Collingwood.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: MammaMamae on September 14, 2016, 11:38:13 PM
Ah, college football.

When we moved to Alabama in 1998 (we came back in 2002), there were two questions everyone asked us:

> Have you found a church yet?
> Alabama... or Auburn?

Answering the first in any way led to an invitation.
Answering the second the wrong way could lead to dire consequences.


Ha Ha.  Where I grew up the questions were:

* St Mary's (Catholic) or St. Paul's (Lutheran)?
* Michigan or Michigan State?

You were pretty much born into either one.

Or, like me, you came from a mixed marriage  :P

(Let's just say the men in our family won our loyalties on Saturday, the women on Sunday.)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on September 27, 2016, 01:49:05 AM
@m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419).
Drinking your last Oban because the Cowboys drive you to drink, or in celebration?
I guess being from Texas I can allow some 'Boys fandom.
But isn't it time to root for the Texans?
Because, s'riously.

(The author has been a 'Skins fan from 5th grade to the current day. This is his only excuse for being a jerk toward his good fourm-friend m3mnoch.)

(But, s'riously?)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on September 27, 2016, 01:26:17 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on September 27, 2016, 02:19:43 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on September 27, 2016, 02:32:30 PM
@m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419).
Drinking your last Oban because the Cowboys drive you to drink, or in celebration?
I guess being from Texas I can allow some 'Boys fandom.
But isn't it time to root for the Texans?
Because, s'riously.

(The author has been a 'Skins fan from 5th grade to the current day. This is his only excuse for being a jerk toward his good fourm-friend m3mnoch.)

(But, s'riously?)

dude.  that's like saying, "hey, i know you're an eagles fan, but isn't it time to root for the steelers?"  blasphemy!

tho, something i'll admit appears strange about my football affiliation -- i'm an nfc east snob.  yes, i always want my cowboys to win, but if anyone else is playing against an nfc east team, i want that team to lose.  so, i cheer for dallas first, then the other nfc east teams, then other nfc teams, then most afc teams, then college teams, then high school teams, then bowling, then kindergartners playing tag, then grass growing, then (and only then) the new england patriots.

it's a very sec college football mentality.  "yes, we're bitter rivals, but our losses are only to each other because our whole division is better than you."
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on September 27, 2016, 03:04:49 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't. 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on September 27, 2016, 04:19:57 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't.

no, no!  you have to go!  and cheer on andrew luck -- he's my fantasy quarterback.  he needs all the help you guys can muster!

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on September 27, 2016, 04:38:23 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't. 

lol, but the colts are the best team ever...and by ever, I mean my favorite team.

I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't.

no, no!  you have to go!  and cheer on andrew luck -- he's my fantasy quarterback.  he needs all the help you guys can muster!



Mine too! I also have Hilton, who I didn't start this week. :-O
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on September 27, 2016, 07:07:16 PM
that's disappointing.  hilton went OFF.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on September 27, 2016, 07:22:00 PM
that's disappointing.  hilton went OFF.


I still won. But it was an ugly performance barely cracking 100pts. My opponent had an awful week.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on September 28, 2016, 11:21:30 AM
Meanwhile, my Orioles are hanging on by their fingernails.

As for the Colts, I discovered football when living in Bowie, Maryland in 1974(?), which is when the Skins went to the super bowl and got stuffed. Have been fan ever since. But when the Ravens were born, I was (and am) living in a suburb of Baltimore. So I root for both teams.

And I do root for the NFC East... Just not for the Cowboys.  8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on September 28, 2016, 01:00:21 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't. 

lol, but the colts are the best team ever...and by ever, I mean my favorite team.

I provided that advice as a life-long Colts fan.  I'm starting to think there is a non-zero chance that the Colts may have ruined Luck.  I hope I'm wrong but they have utterly failed to build around him properly (and that's going to get a lot harder starting next year when his salary jumps up) and he's still taking too many hits.  I still can't believe they brought back both Grigson and Pagano, I was fine with both leaving but Grigson in particular needed to go.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on September 28, 2016, 02:12:13 PM
I figured you would have been an original Colts fan. 

Personally I think you are both crazy.

Speaking of, Colts play in London this week.

My advice to anyone in the UK who would even entertain the thought of going to a Colts vs Jaguars game - don't. 

lol, but the colts are the best team ever...and by ever, I mean my favorite team.

I provided that advice as a life-long Colts fan.  I'm starting to think there is a non-zero chance that the Colts may have ruined Luck.  I hope I'm wrong but they have utterly failed to build around him properly (and that's going to get a lot harder starting next year when his salary jumps up) and he's still taking too many hits.  I still can't believe they brought back both Grigson and Pagano, I was fine with both leaving but Grigson in particular needed to go.

I think you're right. Luck is being bombarded through that weak o-line. His talent is being bled.

I like Pagano, but Grigson refuses to build a defense. How many years have we waited for a solid D? LOOOOOONG TIME. The only defense that was reasonably good was due to Bob Sanders, who was one of the best safteys I have ever seen. Even then, he was injury prone and missed a lot game time.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 02, 2016, 05:53:55 PM
in my league, stupid andrew luck had 0 points midway through the 3rd quarter.

ended the game with 17.

*shakes fist*

stupid fantasy football anxiety.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 02, 2016, 06:01:05 PM
How dare I think the Colts could put together a game winning drive.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 03, 2016, 01:12:06 PM
I woke the baby up shouting that Luck should have just ran for the first down.  I also think TY had the first down on the previous play and it should have been reviewed.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 03, 2016, 01:51:03 PM
I woke the baby up shouting that Luck should have just ran for the first down.  I also think TY had the first down on the previous play and it should have been reviewed.

Right??? He was 3 yards from it. Couldn't believe he threw it.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on October 10, 2016, 10:46:41 PM
Crosby has concussion.

(http://i.imgur.com/KBNcZ.gif)

(https://media.giphy.com/media/l46CltFoPJ968J9QI/giphy.gif)

(http://i.makeagif.com/media/6-27-2016/ve7YTJ.gif)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 30, 2016, 05:10:38 PM
everyone is cheering for the redskins in wembly, right?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on October 30, 2016, 05:41:25 PM
What are redskins? Is it a band
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on October 30, 2016, 05:46:12 PM
everyone is cheering for the redskins in wembly, right?

I have Crowder(25 pts) on my bench. Yay for that gut feeling to sit someone.  ::)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 30, 2016, 06:10:59 PM
Why were the Bengal Tigers in London yesterday? Couldn't get a seat at the pub.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on October 30, 2016, 06:32:41 PM
What are redskins? Is it a band

just a team from the best division in the best conference in all of american football.


Why were the Bengal Tigers in London yesterday? Couldn't get a seat at the pub.

so they could play the redskins to a tie after their kicker missed a should-be-automatic field goal.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on October 30, 2016, 08:33:29 PM
I read that British fans were puzzled and disappointed by the tie.
Um.
Foot-not-hands football (i.e. Soccer) ring a bell? Ties? Low/slow scoring?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 30, 2016, 08:40:47 PM
I read that British fans were puzzled and disappointed by the tie.
Um.
Foot-not-hands football (i.e. Soccer) ring a bell? Ties? Low/slow scoring?

The first I knew about it was when the pub was packed full of Yanks dressed as tigers. If they want to make NFL happen here, they need to do it in a weekend when there is no actual football, F1, rugby or tennis taking place so people might check it out.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Bradley Darewood on October 31, 2016, 05:01:35 AM
I found collecting these to be immensely entertaining.

(http://vectorbelly.com/ON177.gif)

(https://d3gqasl9vmjfd8.cloudfront.net/d289b0c5-870a-4502-9f00-b7a2af0f08eb.png)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--v7VsRWBu--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/aiupyxjaxfax7hamhqjo.png)

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0173834069_10.jpg)

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/cf/3f/e8/cf3fe8dd69a5b9f0c5da9c5c582dec05.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PyIkZ8r.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/smCJAvP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/q4wQsbL.jpg)

(http://blog.eternalvigilance.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/46535503.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on November 13, 2016, 11:16:01 PM
@m3mnoch

I can think of no other time I'd be rooting for you 'Boys.
But, Steelers.
So, 'Merica's team!!!!!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: m3mnoch on November 13, 2016, 11:23:16 PM
@m3mnoch

I can think of no other time I'd be rooting for you 'Boys.
But, Steelers.
So, 'Merica's team!!!!!

wearin' my witten jersey, sittin' here like "GO COWBOYS!"
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: night_wrtr on November 13, 2016, 11:52:31 PM
@m3mnoch

I can think of no other time I'd be rooting for you 'Boys.
But, Steelers.
So, 'Merica's team!!!!!

wearin' my witten jersey, sittin' here like "GO COWBOYS!"


I am also watching, but I only care what Elliot does. :-)

Edit: speaking of, TOUCHDOWWWWWWN!!!!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on November 14, 2016, 12:40:18 AM
What a game. Since cats and dogs have taken over the US., could me becoming a Comwboy fan be far behind?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Sammie on January 26, 2017, 08:50:37 AM
Golf. Last summer I gave the first trial ever and planning to have a golf course in Mougins at friends' of mine (https://tranio.com/france/provence-alpes-cote_d_azur/mougins/ ). In my opinion the village has ideal conditions for golfers, especially starters like myself. When you’re in the field, all other things seem stupid or mean nothing 8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 14, 2017, 08:47:41 PM
Using this space to say: Congrats, @Peat for you and your bride's Penguins!
A nice way to kick off the marriage.
Is it hockey madness over there?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on May 14, 2017, 09:52:50 PM
Using this space to say: Congrats, @Peat for you and your bride's Penguins!
A nice way to kick off the marriage.
Is it hockey madness over there?

Pittsburgh is definitely a hockey town right now alright. We were out for her birthday last night and the whole bar erupted for Geno's goal. Does mean the bars are very quiet on non hockey nights though. Shame I've got to go home before the final itself *touch wood*

My commiserations in turn. I really thought you guys had that going into Game 7. Any thoughts on what the Caps should do next?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on May 14, 2017, 10:33:54 PM
Using this space to say: Congrats, @Peat for you and your bride's Penguins!
A nice way to kick off the marriage.
Is it hockey madness over there?

Pittsburgh is definitely a hockey town right now alright. We were out for her birthday last night and the whole bar erupted for Geno's goal. Does mean the bars are very quiet on non hockey nights though. Shame I've got to go home before the final itself *touch wood*

My commiserations in turn. I really thought you guys had that going into Game 7. Any thoughts on what the Caps should do next?

Move to Pittsburgh.  ;) :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 29, 2017, 05:56:26 PM
Oh gosh, the local football team has just got promoted to the Premier League next year :D :D :D

It was on penalties, and it's the first time they ever did it!

Maybe I'll finally go watch a football game live next year - stadium's right next to work, hehe
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: KyleCon on June 12, 2017, 10:36:20 AM
Liverpool FC
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on June 12, 2017, 11:51:31 AM
Penguins win Stanley Cup.
Again.

Things must be sweet at Casa Peat, @Peat.
Hope all is well.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: abatch on June 12, 2017, 03:33:47 PM
Seattle Seahawks!

(https://lf.lids.com/hwl?set=sku[20654371],c[2],w[1000],h[750]&call=url[file:product])
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 07, 2017, 10:15:12 PM
I think Nadel going to win Wimbledon this year along with Konta hopefully !

Still want Federer to win through
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 10, 2017, 09:33:34 PM
Wow Nadel out wasn't expecting that.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 13, 2017, 06:38:04 AM
Federer and Venus for Wimbledon champions 2017 ?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 13, 2017, 09:31:49 AM
No, let's have a brit, let Johanna win :D

Federer can win 8)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 13, 2017, 04:13:42 PM
No Brits then.

Let's support the elderly now

In tennis terms
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 13, 2017, 06:33:11 PM
Yeah, right :-\

I like Federer :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 16, 2017, 09:08:11 AM
Come on Federer!
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Post by: Eclipse on July 16, 2017, 04:20:16 PM
 :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: abatch on August 02, 2017, 05:36:05 AM
Picked this one up today.

(https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=CR1vbuWc&id=B89E304CE6B5168D6E28B02FCEABFE74C2314429&thid=OIP.CR1vbuWcvKia_Ou6Ii26IwEsEs&q=seahawks+green+color+rush&simid=608050972845280703&selectedIndex=33&qpvt=seahawks+green+color+rush&ajaxhist=0)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on August 04, 2017, 12:43:54 PM
Oh, can't see the pic @abatch


How on earth can you justify paying £200m for a football player??
And how can they justify paying £780k PER WEEK?
Why does everybody complain about bankers and company directors' salaries, but these football numbers are all accepted?

It just makes a mockery of certain jobs, in my opinion :-\
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: abatch on August 04, 2017, 02:57:54 PM
Yep. Sorry.

http://imgur.com/a/sr9ZM

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Bradley Darewood on August 05, 2017, 01:15:02 AM
finally found my jersey:

(https://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/2218/381785-8_2.jpg)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 04, 2017, 06:15:01 AM
I haven't been around much recently because I've been watching a lot of footy (by footy I mean Australian Rules and FFS do NOT call it rugby! They are not even remotely alike). The reason being that my team the Richmond Tigers not only made the finals, we made the Grand Final for the first time in 35 years and then bugger me even if we didn't win the bloody thing after 37 years! I am still euphoric and looking for a decent tattoo parlour so I can commemorate the event permanently on my body. I cried when we won. Tears of pure joy. Both my parents were passionate Tigers as well and it brought back some great memories and I wished they could have seen the win. My father would have loved Dustin 'Dusty' Martin, tattoos and all. Google him if the name interests you at all. I think we actually made world news because after the game our full forward Jack Riewoldt jumped up on stage and sang Mr Brightside with The Killers. What an awesome bloody week!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lady Ty on October 04, 2017, 07:21:24 AM
Congratulations @Elfy for you as a faithful fan and to the Tigers. I had forgotten they were your team but was hoping they would win after all that time anyway.  Very happy for Melbourne  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Hedin on October 04, 2017, 01:16:13 PM
I haven't been around much recently because I've been watching a lot of footy (by footy I mean Australian Rules and FFS do NOT call it rugby! They are not even remotely alike).

That reminds me, several years ago I was on a safari in South Africa.  In our camp there was an Australian family and one from Ireland and they were talked about rugby and Aussie Rules during our group dinner.  At one point I chimed in to say "Aren't they both basically the same?" and based on the looks it became clear that a) they are not the same or b) even if they are you never refer to them as the same.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 04, 2017, 09:44:22 PM
I haven't been around much recently because I've been watching a lot of footy (by footy I mean Australian Rules and FFS do NOT call it rugby! They are not even remotely alike).

That reminds me, several years ago I was on a safari in South Africa.  In our camp there was an Australian family and one from Ireland and they were talked about rugby and Aussie Rules during our group dinner.  At one point I chimed in to say "Aren't they both basically the same?" and based on the looks it became clear that a) they are not the same or b) even if they are you never refer to them as the same.
Legend has it that Tom Mills observed a group of indigenous people playing a game of keepings off with a possum skin, they called the game marngrook. He thought it would be a good activity to keep the cricketers fit in winter, so he took that and added elements of soccer, rugby and gaelic football and invented Australian Rules. The game took off pretty much all over the country except for large chunks of NSW and parts of QLD, who preferred rugby and still do, for all that both the Brisbane Lions and the Sydney Swans have won multiple Premierships in the not so distant past. Our win was a little sweeter because we beat the Adelaide Crows, there's quite a rivalry between SA and Victoria, so to knock the Crows off is nice and they were so bloody arrogant pre game.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on October 21, 2017, 04:55:46 PM
Ohmygawd!
My little town club, playing this year in the Premier League after a long long LONG time away, has just beaten Machester United!!!!
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Elfy on October 22, 2017, 08:58:21 AM
Ohmygawd!
My little town club, playing this year in the Premier League after a long long LONG time away, has just beaten Machester United!!!!
 :D :D :D
Yay Bea! Always good to see an underdog do well.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on June 23, 2018, 02:33:42 PM
Bumping this for a very, very belated congratulation to @JMack

As Elfy says, its always nice to see the underdog do well  ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on June 23, 2018, 06:27:25 PM
Bumping this for a very, very belated congratulation to @JMack

As Elfy says, its always nice to see the underdog do well  ;)

I think I’m going to a few hockey games next year!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on June 23, 2018, 08:58:39 PM
Wow, @xiagan, what a last minute goal. I couldn’t actually watch the game, but I was following along on an app while Mrs JMack drove our car. (I’m about 10 days from being able to drive myself.) Germany couldn’t have cut it any closer. And down 1 player, too
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on June 23, 2018, 09:29:34 PM
Wow, @xiagan, what a last minute goal. I couldn’t actually watch the game, but I was following along on an app while Mrs JMack drove our car. (I’m about 10 days from being able to drive myself.) Germany couldn’t have cut it any closer. And down 1 player, too
That was the only bit of the game I watched ;D
And it was a superb goal!!!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: xiagan on June 24, 2018, 08:42:50 PM
Wow, @xiagan, what a last minute goal. I couldn’t actually watch the game, but I was following along on an app while Mrs JMack drove our car. (I’m about 10 days from being able to drive myself.) Germany couldn’t have cut it any closer. And down 1 player, too
Me neither, I was working. But of course we heard the goal. It was impossible not to.  :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on June 25, 2018, 09:52:52 PM
There was no way that was a penalty >:( >:(
Stupid referee
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 26, 2018, 02:57:32 AM
There was no way that was a penalty >:( >:(
Stupid referee

Haha almost eliminated!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on June 26, 2018, 08:02:19 AM
There was no way that was a penalty >:( >:(
Stupid referee

Haha almost eliminated!
Revenge best served cold? ;)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 27, 2018, 05:12:29 PM
Wow, what happened @xiagan ?

We were scared of facing you right in the next phase. Now I'm double scared as we are playing pretty poorly as well. Just imagine the scenario where we also see a major upset coming in the next few hours.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on June 27, 2018, 05:22:46 PM
I don't pay much attention to football, but was shocked by Germany's defeat :o

Hoping Portugal does better in the next phase. I mean, they haven't been playing great football this world cup, and games against Morocco and Iran were actually a pain to watch, so the luck there might also be running out.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 28, 2018, 07:06:06 AM
@xiagan Is there a word in German to describe the feeling of pleasure I am getting from the Germans' misfortune?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: xiagan on June 28, 2018, 07:45:06 AM
You know fully well there is: Schadenfreude

I'm not into soccer/football and I heard they played really bad, so I'm not bothered much.

I'm sorry you couldn't get your revenge, Lanko!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 28, 2018, 05:11:19 PM
You know fully well there is: Schadenfreude

I'm not into soccer/football and I heard they played really bad, so I'm not bothered much.

I'm sorry you couldn't get your revenge, Lanko!

I know. But I don't know many other Germans to tease. I have noticed that the Germans do tend to struggle in Russia.



Sorry - I'll get my coat.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 28, 2018, 05:28:53 PM
Mexico in the next phase, possibly England or Belgium at quarter-finals, most likely France or Argentina at semi.

Feels like we have an open path to the semi, and the other side of the table has probably Spain, Croatia or Belgium at finals.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 30, 2018, 03:15:05 AM
Hm I think we forgot to make the "betting" thread as we did back in the EuroCup...

Anyway, I'm betting France 2 x 1 Argentina and Uruguai 1 x 1 Portugal (Portugal wins on penalties) for tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 30, 2018, 05:16:53 PM
Excellent start of weekend: Argentina eliminated with style, Messi and Maradona crying, ah much better than I had expected! All hail Mbappé!



Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on June 30, 2018, 08:59:58 PM
Portugal out :'(
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on June 30, 2018, 09:06:39 PM
Sigh, CR7 played so bad... being blocked in obvious shots, killing various attacks trying to dribble the entire enemy defense, shooting when should've passed...

And this time the opponent also had an exceptional player - Suárez - one who didn't do any of the above (2 assists) and more team (Cavani, Godín, Betencourt).

Another team-with-only-one-player out.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 01, 2018, 01:00:32 AM
Well, tomorrow seems an easy bet. Spain and Croatia will pass and face each other in the quarter finals.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on July 01, 2018, 01:34:00 AM
Prediction for France and Uruguay? France would seem the easy bet, but U. certainly did the job on Portugal.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 01, 2018, 05:53:08 PM
And now Spain is out as well, losing against Russia  :o This is a weird world cup...
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 01, 2018, 06:00:24 PM
Can't believe Russia won haha. The fans reaction was pretty awesome.

But Spain though... yea, you can have your 80% ball possession, but it doesn't matter if you don't shoot it. Only at extra-time some finalizations happened, because after their goal and for a good deal of time, they didn't have a single one...their goal scored was an own goal.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on July 01, 2018, 06:01:38 PM
I usually root for the underdog, but I wasnt this time. Still, what a win for Russia.

I guess the favorites now are France and Brazil, but who knows?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 01, 2018, 06:02:23 PM
Wow :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 01, 2018, 06:14:23 PM
I'm 100% behind Brasil at this point  :)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 01, 2018, 06:25:02 PM
I'm 100% behind Brasil at this point  :)
Me too!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 01, 2018, 10:09:17 PM
Wow Modric unrecognizable. Almost lost the game twice.

I was putting Croatia as a possible finalist and then they go and play like this... both Modric and Rakitic slept on the field and if they don't wake up Russia may be in for a historical semi-final.

As for tomorrow, Brazil obviously beats Mexico  ::) and Belgium beats Japan.

On a more serious note, Mexico has had bizarre luck against us in the past years, winning key games. Their coach Osorio trained in Brazil and had streaks of genius tactical games coupled with bizarre ones. Even with Mexico this happened, like in Copa America, winning convincingly in group phase and then defeated by Chile by 7x0.

Same thing already happened in the WC. Won convincingly against Germany and Korea, made some bizarre choices, lost 3x0 to Sweden and almost managed the feat to be eliminated from the competition with 2 wins in 2 games and wasn't because Korea actually beat Germany.

So the guy can either find the way for Mexico to actually win the game or hand it to us on a silver plate.

Crazy unpredictable people are the worst...
 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 02, 2018, 05:51:57 PM
Odds say we'll have a Brasil-Belgium match on Friday, but maybe Japan comes up with a surprise (doubt it, though).
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 02, 2018, 06:11:40 PM
Game went exactly as I had thought. Osorio surprised everyone with a creative tactical scheme and for the first ~25 minutes Mexico dominated entirely with 2-3 clear chances blocked by defenders and cornered Brazil with 11 players defending doing nothing.

Then he started doing his crazy things that handed the game on a silver plate. Vela was dominating Fagner and Osorio inverted him to the other side of the field where then Filipe Luís dominated him.

Then subbed 2 midfielders for 2 strikers (!!), handed the entire midfield to us and Mexico didn't do anything for the next 70 minutes, put a defender on the sideline to mark Neymar and that guy almost got a red card (should have). Goalkeeper prevented a 4-5 goal score.

Thanks, Osorio! Now Belgium has a real fighting chance, unless their key players play like zombies like the Croatians did.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 02, 2018, 11:54:54 PM
Belgium x Japan turned out so much closer than I thought it would. Belgium definitely entered thinking already on the next phase then suffered 2x0 and then woke up. And Hazard and de Bruyne didn't sleep like Modric and Rakitic and they turned it around to 3x2. While the inexperience of the Japanese happened (half the team off position for an attacking corner at 49 minutes of 2nd half??), it did show their quality. And they come to face us now with a lot of morale as well. Would probably have been better for us if they had just won unimpressively and without much difficulty.

As for tomorrow, Colombia beats England and while I think Sweden will win, I'll place my bet on Switzerland just because they fought for a draw with us (though it was an illegal goal) and like Belgium showed a lot of willpower against Servia and turned a 0x1 game to 2x1 which guaranteed their 2nd spot on the group.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 03, 2018, 10:15:53 PM
Wow forgot James couldn't play. That totally changed the Colombian team's formation and morale. In two poorly played matches today at least England x Colombia exploded in emotion from the end of the second half.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on July 04, 2018, 01:55:43 AM
As an occasional football fan, I struggle with the penalty-seeking, overly dramatic, and sometimes truly violent mean-spirited shite. Love the core of the game; hate that crap.

Was I watching with clarity when I say that Colombia just seemed meaner? I’d prefer being an educated viewer. Thoughts?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 04, 2018, 02:52:53 AM
As an occasional football fan, I struggle with the penalty-seeking, overly dramatic, and sometimes truly violent mean-spirited shite. Love the core of the game; hate that crap.

Was I watching with clarity when I say that Colombia just seemed meaner? I’d prefer being an educated viewer. Thoughts?

The referee on that game was horrible, just horrible. He paused the game multiple times to just talk (and he talked waay too much) with the players instead of just punishing the infractions. Result: both teams thought they could simply overwhelm the referee and win decisions by screaming louder than the opponent. He should've sent off a Colombian player and didn't even verbally warn the multiple simulations by England.

In the second half the referee was probably warned of that and showed yellow cards left an right for both teams, even for infractions not worth of it, probably angering both teams even more.

Both teams's nerves got fired up with all this, and Colombia, losing the game, much more than the English. Then England started simulating fouls (there were 3 or 4 very laughable simulations) making the Colombians even more mad, specially when the referee didn't even verbally warn the divers. Already lost in the game, the referee didn't punish more forceful tackles by Colombians either.

Quite curiously, the referee was American  ::)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on July 04, 2018, 07:26:19 AM
Whisper it. But might it be coming home?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 06, 2018, 01:57:42 AM
Well, it's tomorrow!

France x Uruguay. I'm betting on France for various reasons. First, overall they are a better team, specially if Cavani can't play. Second, since they are on the same path as us to the final, I prefer 100x to face France in the semis rather than Uruguay, even if the French have a better team.

Why is that? It's simply because of the unique take Uruguay have on the game. When you face Uruguay, you don't enter the pitch to play football. You enter the pitch to fight a war.

There will be lots of provocations, mind games, tackles fiercer than usual (though usually not disloyal), massive pressure on the referee, falling on the pitch or simulating injury to force the game to stop when the adversary is with a much better rhythm, etc... they do everything to make the opposing side lose composure and concentration. It's a tradition of their style.

This is why even though France is favored, they can very well lose if their coach doesn't prepare them for that. And since they might be our next foes, all this "war scenario" is pretty bad for us, considering the emotionally unstable prima donna that Neymar is.
He started the Cup diving, getting angry at defenders and costing attacks when he kept trying to dribble and humiliate them, complaining to referees and forgetting to just play. That changed in the last two games, but a heavy dose of Uruguyan gamemanship may be all it needs to make things go haywire.

So yea, I rather face France than Uruguay, all day.

On the other hand, if we lose to Belgium I wouldn't be that much upset. It's a really good team.

But the strength of our team is our defense. One goal suffered, and an illegal one at that. Recent conquests at 94 and 2002, and even back to Pelé times, were always won with very solid defenses, and fantastic teams losing it because of crappy ones.

Too bad Casemiro can't play tomorrow. The best defensive midfielder in the world has definitely helped the team having the best defense of the tournament. That could be Belgium's chance at the game.

Uruguay also has the best defense with only one goal suffered, but Arabia, Egypt (without Salah) and Russia were nowhere really testing. And France took 3 from a tactically broken Argentina.

Except for us and Belgium (curiously) all other teams are depending far too much on 1-2 players, and when they don't work the team's performance, specially on attack, drops dramatically. And their defense (except Uruguay) doesn't look as composed and strong either.

Brazil x France will probably be an anticipated final.

Yeah, the sixth is coming!

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Bender on July 06, 2018, 04:28:24 AM
Football (non-American)

NT - Argentina
Club - Manchester United

Football (American)

Green Bay Packers

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Cricket

India

Rugby

All Blacks. Not a fan of the sport, but have lot of friends from there, so I support them too.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 06, 2018, 09:02:44 PM
Wow!
@Henry Dale beat @Lanko  :o ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 06, 2018, 09:18:36 PM
It's over  :'( :'(

Quote
Too bad Casemiro can't play tomorrow. The best defensive midfielder in the world has definitely helped the team having the best defense of the tournament. That could be Belgium's chance at the game.

How prophetic I was...

Casemiro's substitute made an own goal, lost the ball that originated the second goal and also missed a bazillion passes in the attack.

But props to Belgium. They definitely had the team to do it and they did it. I'm not even upset, specially since despite the anxiety, we had enough chances to turn the game around and kept missing... and Courtois will get a statue in Belgium.

And like us, they didn't rely solely on just one or two players. They had 4-5 decisive players like us. They hit our goal four times and made two goals. We hit theirs eleven and made one, plus some absurd chances gone outside.

France x Belgium now will probably decide the champion. The sports fan in me wants to see Belgium x Croatia at the final just to have an unprecedented champion.

And another landmark wasn't beaten. Except for Pelé in 58, a World Cup in Europe is... well, Europe's.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Henry Dale on July 06, 2018, 10:21:16 PM
Not much to add to Lanko's analysis since he was spot on.
That own goal basically ruined Brazil's chances.
Does it make Belgium's victory less well-deserved? Obviously not. But you always hope for a proper match with clean goals.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on July 07, 2018, 12:27:00 AM
Well, the Fantasy-Faction sweepstakes, I mean, the World Cup, rumbles on.

It unrealistic, but now I want Henry Dale vs. Overlord et al in the final.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 07, 2018, 04:31:51 AM
For tomorrows predictions, Croatia beats Russia. This is a much more objective team, with none of the mindless passing around of Spain. Unless all their main players play as badly as they did against Denmark, that is.

England x Sweden. I'd bet England. I have almost zero knowledge of what Sweden is about. Their game against Switzerland was probably one of the worst matches in the tournament, won with an own goal. But if all their defense and marking causes England to be nervous and manages to stop England to provide for Kane, then who knows, a lucky corner or free kick could cause an upset.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 07, 2018, 05:08:52 PM
EN-GER-LAND!!!!
OOOOOO ;D :D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 07, 2018, 05:42:25 PM
Only found this now, but EA made simulations of the World Cup in their FIFA games. They actually got the quarter finals of the left side totally right  :o

On the right side not so much... they got it right Croatia x Denmark and probably how Spain x Russia would normally go, what probably would happen in Colombia x England if Colombia had James available and only messed up with Germany.

The engine also got it right in 2010 when it also said Spain would win and in 2014 for Germany  :o

(https://s2.glbimg.com/lxNGLwKfW4xF5nYEUZ1vLeIA4RI=/0x0:764x432/1600x0/smart/filters:strip_icc()/i.s3.glbimg.com/v1/AUTH_bc8228b6673f488aa253bbcb03c80ec5/internal_photos/bs/2018/j/4/XAMedHSv2COCcNdMGuQQ/tabela-ea-fifa.jpg)

But on the other hand, good news for @Henry Dale . Since 1990, whoever eliminates Brazil always reaches the final. Though except for Germany in 2014 they always lose it. Argentina in 1990, France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010 were all vice-champions.

Wait a second... if whoever eliminates Brazil reaches the final but loses it... does that mean the good news is actually for... @Nighteyes?
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on July 07, 2018, 08:07:50 PM
I hope your favourite spice is Cumin because it's cumin home.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: JMack on July 08, 2018, 01:08:27 AM
It all went my way today. Russia out; UK in. I’m a happy guy.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 09, 2018, 07:26:00 AM
UK in.

England, not UK  :P

At this point I can't bring myself to care about any of the teams left. The limited attention that sports can claim from me has shifted entirely to Wimbledon  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 09, 2018, 08:08:08 AM
Saraband, you can do as I do and follow the World Cup through comments from other people, whatever bits of news I catch on TV when I browse and paying attention to the game in the last 5 minutes if it's a country I'm interested in...

I might have been the only person in England watching (the recorded) King Lear while the game was on, but then I turned on for the penalties ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eclipse on July 09, 2018, 10:02:02 AM
UK in.

England, not UK  :P

At this point I can't bring myself to care about any of the teams left. The limited attention that sports can claim from me has shifted entirely to Wimbledon  ;D

Who are you supporting in Wimbledon, I want Federer and Serena to win , or Rafa if Federer loses . I’m supporting the oldies.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 09, 2018, 10:21:10 AM
Serena, Serena, Serena!  ;D For the Men's singles, since there's no Andy Murray this year, I want Novak Djokovic to win - but it has been a pleasure seeing how well Rafa Nadal and Federer are still playing, so I wouldn't be unhappy with any of them taking the trophy.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 09, 2018, 02:32:41 PM
Watching the Mannarino v Federer match just now, and wow, Federer's technique with those backhand slices is mesmerising.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 10, 2018, 01:30:25 PM
France x Belgium. I'm expecting a great game. Both teams kept their cool when behind the score. Both had very powerful displays in their last two games. Easily the two best teams of the tournament.

Belgium has more offensive options (in numbers, maybe not quality) but France has more creative and control options. The pragmatic in me wants to bet France, but the simple fan wants Belgium x Croatia in the finals.

Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Peat on July 10, 2018, 03:21:50 PM
Saraband, you can do as I do and follow the World Cup through comments from other people, whatever bits of news I catch on TV when I browse and paying attention to the game in the last 5 minutes if it's a country I'm interested in...

I might have been the only person in England watching (the recorded) King Lear while the game was on, but then I turned on for the penalties ;D

It's the best time to go grocery shopping, hardly anyone else around.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Henry Dale on July 11, 2018, 06:02:13 AM
Welp, rip Belgium  :(

Powerful play from both teams throughout the match (except for the stalling by France towards the end of the match which was a bit sad to watch.)
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Saraband on July 11, 2018, 05:31:23 PM
Federer just eliminated by Kevin Anderson. What a match, went all the way to a fifth set and Anderson won 13-11  :o
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 11, 2018, 06:29:46 PM
Well, it's gonna be soon!

For me Croatia has more team than England on paper, but geez... their main players have been playing so badly lately while the English's morale is super high. A team's morale and confidence growing during this stage is great.

Also, there's the fact that Croatia had not one but two penalty shoot-out decisions, and for such a short amount of rest between games, the effects on physical condition are massive.

Garreth Southgate must be smiling to himself for purposely losing to Belgium to get 2nd place in group stage to avoid the side of the table with the hardest opponents for an easy cruise to the final facing only average teams.

Yeah, it's looking like France x England.

What Mbappé does on the right for France, Sterling kinda of does as well in the left. Kane is so much better than Giroud. But the English really lack a Griezmann, defensive midfielders like Pogba and Umtiti, wing backs... that Pickford goalkeeper is a player type that is only revealed during World Cups. But there were some issues raised with his height, I believe? So far that didn't present a problem, but who knows, specially with all the previous games having all been decided on aerial game.

 
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 11, 2018, 09:44:40 PM
Wow, what a game!

Much earlier I posted I was pretty certain Croatia would reach the final... and they did! Their last two games were  horrendous and it looked like that they had faltered under the pressure of being favorites in the second phase and I thought England would have this, but finally... finally their key players woke up, played like monsters and decided the game.

I wanted Belgium x Croatia, but France x Croatia will do. Go Croatia!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 11, 2018, 09:46:30 PM
Lanko is the new Paul (the Octopus ;D)

Oh well, it was already better than in many years :)
Go Croatia!
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Nighteyes on July 11, 2018, 09:56:58 PM
Heads held high. Gutted but proud.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lady Ty on July 12, 2018, 02:27:18 AM
Not really invested in this, but now I would like Croatia to have its first win ever.  ;D
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lanko on July 16, 2018, 03:01:45 AM
I knew that after three extra times the physical side of Croatia would be a massive problem. Despite that, geez,  did Croatia get absolutely murdered by the referee...

Griezmann dives and scores because of a non-existant foul. Then a non-existant penalty. Two free goals for France.

The sportiness of the Croatian president and French coach later was fantastic and kinda of saved what was the most shameful final in the history of World Cups, and managing to steal that from Maradona's handball in 86 is no small feat. I was that indignant.

Anyway, congratulations for France, which did have a great team and two great players, but their best player today was Nestor Pitana.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Lady Ty on July 16, 2018, 06:45:21 AM
Liking how happy the French are, but made me think of you @Eli_Freysson and that it is good you made your trip way back earlier this year. ;D

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-16/world-cup-france-and-croatia-fans-react-to-les-bleus-victory/9997324
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: Eli_Freysson on July 16, 2018, 08:28:55 AM
Liking how happy the French are, but made me think of you @Eli_Freysson and that it is good you made your trip way back earlier this year. ;D

Yes, I agree.
Title: Re: What's your jersey?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 16, 2018, 08:49:31 AM
I think that would overwhelm anyone but the most outgoing extroverts ;D